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Deinonychus - dinosaur with sickle-shaped claws

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Deinonychus ("terrible claw") is a genus of carnivorous dinosaurs that lived in the Early Cretaceous Period, between 115 and 108 million years ago. Its name refers to the unusually large, sickle-shaped claw on the second toe of each hind foot.

Deinonychus was an agile predator, up to 3.4 m long and 73 kg in weight. Its skull was equipped with powerful jaws lined with around 70 curved, blade-like teeth. It was bipedal, but also possessed large three-clawed "hands". Because of its extremely bird-like anatomy, paleontologists have hypothesized that it was most probably covered in feathers.

Deinonychus fossils have been found in Central Asia and North America.

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