theropod

noun
the·​ro·​pod | \ ˈthir-ə-ˌpäd How to pronounce theropod (audio) \

Definition of theropod

: any of a suborder (Theropoda) of carnivorous bipedal saurischian dinosaurs (such as a tyrannosaur or velociraptor) usually having small forelimbs

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The dinosaur that made them was a theropod, probably Coelophysis (see-low-FY-sis), a meat-eater that stood about 7 feet tall. David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Making tracks: Walking in the footsteps of New England dinosaurs," 18 June 2019 One of the herbivores Hughes and Finarelli examined, the theropod Erlikosaurus, had more projected olfactory receptor genes than Velociraptor and many of that raptor’s kin. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "T. rex had an amazing sense of smell, gene study suggests," 12 June 2019 Mei is a small theropod dinosaur from Liaoning Province, found in a sleeping or resting posture. Ginny Mohler, Smithsonian, "Ten Chinese Museums Where You Can See a Dinosaur Fossil Up Close," 18 Apr. 2018 Her team helped identify about 50 footprints, including a few with heels and claws belonging to theropods that were early relatives of Tyrannosaurus rex. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "In Footprints on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, Signs of a Dinosaur Playground," 4 Apr. 2018 Researchers believe that these tracks were left by theropods, a diverse group of bipedal dinosaurs that includes the Tyrannosaurus rex. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "50 Rare Dinosaur Footprints Found on Scottish Island," 3 Apr. 2018 Though the raptors in the last movie were largely portrayed by men in suits, in the sequel beloved theropod Blue is mostly played by an animatronic (a robotic device used to emulate a human or animal). Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' premiere: Chris Pratt and cast speak fondly about Blue," 13 June 2018 Sauropod and theropod tracks from 113 million years ago are preserved along the bed of the Paluxy River, which runs through the park. Dale Blasingame, San Antonio Express-News, "The 8 best family-friendly Texas state parks," 11 June 2018 This lineage includes the emergence of dinosaurs and pterosaurs ~240 million years ago, passing through the theropod dinosaurs (whose members include T.rex and Velociraptor) and ends with birds. Darren Griffin, Scientific American, "Jurassic World: Can We Really Resurrect a Dinosaur?," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of theropod

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for theropod

New Latin Theropoda, from Greek thēr wild animal + pod-, pous foot — more at fierce, foot

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