STL Science Center

STL Science Center

11 February 2017

Early Bird Mimics

There are a lot of dinosaur names that are hard to pronounce or spell and one of the absolute most difficult is the basal ornithomimosaur Nqwebasaurus thwazi. Recovered from South Africa's Kirkwood Formation of the Early Jurassic-Late Cretaceous, Nqwebasaurus is named after the formation itself, which is called Nqweba in Xhosa, the local group of Bantu people living nearest the formation where the skeleton was recovered from. As the earliest coelurosaur of Gondwana, it is remarkable in many ways despite looking somewhat plain:

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