Scientific classification

Albertonykus (Greek for "Alberta claw") lived in Woodlands of North America in late Cretaceous, 70 million years ago. It was about 75 cm long and weight few pounds. It ate insects. It had claws on hands and was probably covered by feathers. As is the case with many dinosaurs, the scattered fossils of Albertonykus (which were unearthed in a Canadian quarry along with numerous Albertosaurus specimens) languished in drawers for years before professionals got around to classifying them. It was only in 2008 that Albertonykus was "diagnosed" as a small feathered dinosaur closely related to the South American Alvarezsaurus, and therefore a member of that breed of small theropods known as alvarezsaurs. Judging by its clawed hands and the odd shape of its jaws, Albertonykus seems to have made its living by raiding termite mounds and eating their unfortunate inhabitants.


Reconstruction, as in Peppa Pig