One-fingered dinosaur found in China

Published on January 25th, 2011 | by Admin


A dinosaur the size of a parrot, and with only one finger on the end of it’s short arms, has been found in China.

Unearthed in northeastern China, Linhenykus monodactylus is a member of the theropod dinosaurs, the group of two-legged carnivores that includesTyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor.

Most theropods had three fingers on each hand. But Linhenykus belongs to a family known as the alvarezsauroids: small, long-legged dinosaurs that had one big finger alongside two barely functional nub fingers.

“Some researchers speculate that these dinosaurs used their hands to dig [up] termite nests,” said study leader Xu Xing of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing. This was probably the case forLinhenykus as well, he said.

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Story: John Roach, National Geographic | Photo: Julius T. Csotonyi

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