|Photo by Jordi Paya|
05 September 2014
The ornithomimids are general bird mimics, as the name states. Some of the more well known genera include an ostrich mimic (Ornithomimus) and a chicken mimic (Gallimimus). One of the slightly less well known bird mimics is a the goose mimic Anserimimus planinychus. A Soviet/Mongolian found Mongolian dinosaur, Anserimimus was discovered in the 1970's and described by Rinchen Barsbold in 1988. Like many other Mongolian dinosaurs discovered in joint Soviet/Mongolian expeditions, this dinosaur is known from a single set of remains. The body plan, overall, resembles other ornithomimid dinosaurs. The name Anserimimus is more traditional than it is descriptive. The dinosaur does not look anything like a goose. The specific epithet references the strange flat claws of Anserimimus. This anatomical characteristic sets Anserimimus apart from all other ornithomimids, but we will learn about that tomorrow.