Chirostenotes Dinosaur of the Week

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Chirostenotes (/ˌkaɪərɵˈstɛnɵtiːz/ KY-ro-STEN-ə-teez; named from Greek ‘narrow-handed’) is a genus of oviraptorosaurian dinosaur from the late Cretaceous (about 75 million years ago) of Alberta, Canada. The type species is Chirostenotes pergracilis. Some researchers recognize a second species, C. elegans.

Chirostenotes was characterized by a toothless beak, long arms ending in slender relatively straight claws, long powerful legs with slender toes. In life, the animal was about 2 metres (6.6 ft) long. Chirostenotes was probably an omnivore or herbivore, although the beak is not as heavily constructed as in the Asian Oviraptoridae. It likely ate small reptiles and mammals, as well as plants, eggs and insects.

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