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Deinonychus means “terrible claw”.


Deinonychus was a small, fast predator that used the large claws on its hands and feet to bring down its prey. When the first Deinonychus was unearthed in 1960, the find launched a long debate about how the dinosaurs had actually lived. At that time, it was assumed that all dinosaurs were cold-blooded, slow-moving creatures. However, it was clear that Deinonychus was a fast, mobile and active predator, which meant that it was almost certainly warm-blooded.

Length: 3-3,5 m
Weight: 70-100 kg

Age: Early Cretaceous (120-108 mio years ago)


Did you know about Deinonychus

that in the film Jurassic Park, two children are chased by a pack of Deinonychus? However, the film-makers thought that ‘Velociraptor’ was a better name, so they used that instead. The two species did resemble one another, but Velociraptor was only 50 cm tall.

See the Deinonychus and many other dinosaurs at GIVSKUD ZOO.
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