16 November 2016

Dinovember 2016, Day 16

A snake snack.
Name: Byronosaurus jaffei
Meaning: [museum supporter] Byron Jaffe's reptile
Time: Late Cretaceous, c 75 million years ago
Place: Mongolia
Size: around 1.4 metres (4.6 feet) long
Type of Dinosaur: troodontid paravian (very near-bird predatory dinosaur)

Byronosaurus was a troodontid, a group of dinosaurs with excellent hearing and vision. It lived in the desert and had a long, narrow snout with small teeth. It looks to me like it would be well adapted to snatching up small prey like snakes - which is just what this one has done.

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