Theropoda

The name means Beast Feet in Greek. However, their feet resembled modern day birds. So they were called beast feet even though they looked like birds’ feet. And they weren’t from the bird hipped ornithischians, they were from the lizard hipped saurischians, and evolved into birds. Just to clear things up!

Theropod’s time on Earth began 231.4 million years ago since the Late Triassic time period, and are still represented by over 10,000 species today!

Theropoda dinosaur toys

We first learned these as ‘sharp teeth’ picked up from his favourite movie at the time, The Land Before Time; along with ‘long necks’, a mom a, a dad, and a toddler began their new journey into dinosaur classification. Play. Research. Repeat.

Learn With Your Kids! Theropoda – DinoSavvy.com : Play. Research. Repeat.

Microraptor

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Like Archaeopteryx, Microraptor had bird like feathers used not just for warmth but for aerodynamics making the important evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds. They could glide like flying squirrels, and shared the skies with pterosaurs and birds

Yutyrannus

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I noticed the 4yo wasn't really playing with his carnivores, even avoiding them. He only had four or five, and they were mostly ignored. So I got more. They sure make great 'bad guys' for countless dinosaur toy battles.

Therizinosaurus

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A large theropod with long claws from the Late Cretaceous, Therizinosaurus is known from only a few bones including its large claws. Its appearance is based off of what other therizinosaurids may have looked like.

Spinosaurus

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The largest carnivore discovered, Spinosaurus lived in the Cretaceous time period and was most likely cold blooded using its sail for regulating body heat.

Giganotosaurus

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Giganotosaurus was a larger theropod than T-Rex. Fossil remains indicate Titanosaurs may have been a source of food.

Carnotaurus

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Carnotaurus was a large theropod with two horns that lived about 72 and 69.9 million years ago in South America during the Late Cretaceous period. Carnotaurus is one of the best-understood theropods from the Southern Hemisphere.