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Garudimimus
Garudi
Name Garudimimus
Order Saurischia
Suborder Theropoda
Class Garudimimidae
Name Translation Garuda Mimic
Period Late Maastrichtien
Location Mongolia
Diet omnivore
Size 12 ft long

Garudimimus is an ornithomimusaur from late Cretaceous Mongolia. It was about 12.1 feet (4 meters) long and weighed about as much as a sheep. A nearly complete skull and partial skeleton are known. The type and only species of the genus is named G. brevipes.

Discovery[]

The only specimen was discovered in 1981 during an expedition in the Bayan Shireh Formation, formally named by the paleontologist Richen Barsbold. The rock was dated to be from the Maastrictian age. The holotype was made up of an intact skull, 27 vertebrae (8 cervical, 9 dorsal, 4 caudal, 6 sacral), 2 almost complete legs, and a virtually complete left foot.

The skull was quite unique among ornithomimusaurs as it was very small proportionally, and lacked any teeth.

Classification[]

Given the strange traits found in Garudimimus, Barsbold originally decided to assign the genus to a new family named Garudimimidae (now a junior synonym to Deinocheiridae), being a sister family to Ornithimimidae. More recent analysis has placed Garudimimus as a more basal member of Deinocheiridae, with its closest relative being Deinocheirus itself.

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