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May 11, 2012

Therizinosaurs and Ginkgo trees

Therizinosaurs and Ginkgo trees.

Prehistoric life: Therizinosaurs are a strange offshoot of the theropod dinosaurs. Although most Mesozoic theropods were carnivorous, Therizinosaurs were herbivores.
Their large, sickle-shaped claws (which give the group its name: Greek therizo meaning “to cut” or “to reap” and sauros meaning “lizard”) were probably used to pull down tree branches much like the claws of extinct giant ground sloths.

Illustration (and large format of this illustration) : John Meszaros.

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