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the·ro·pod

 (thîr′ə-pŏd′)
n.
Any of various chiefly carnivorous saurischian dinosaurs of the large group Theropoda, characterized by bipedal locomotion, long jaws, and short forelimbs, and including allosaurus and velociraptor.

[From New Latin Thēropoda, suborder name : Greek thēr, wild beast; see ghwer- in Indo-European roots + New Latin -poda, -pod.]

the′ro·pod′ adj.

theropod

(ˈθɪərəpɒd)
n
(Palaeontology) any bipedal carnivorous saurischian dinosaur of the suborder Theropoda, having strong hind legs and grasping hands. They lived in Triassic to Cretaceous times and included tyrannosaurs and megalosaurs
[C19: from New Latin theropoda, from Greek thēr beast + pous foot]
theropodan n, adj

the•ro•pod

(ˈθɪər əˌpɒd)

n.
any saurischian dinosaur of the suborder Theropoda, comprising carnivorous dinosaurs that had short forelimbs and moved on powerful hind legs.
[< New Latin Theropoda (1881)]

the·ro·pod

(thîr′ə-pŏd′)
One of the two main types of saurischian dinosaurs, widespread during the Mesozoic Era. Theropods were meat eaters, walked on two legs, and had small forelimbs and a large skull with long jaws and sharp teeth. Most theropods were of small or medium size, but some grew very large, like the tyrannosaurus. Compare sauropod.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.theropod - any of numerous carnivorous dinosaurs of the Triassic to Cretaceous with short forelimbs that walked or ran on strong hind legstheropod - any of numerous carnivorous dinosaurs of the Triassic to Cretaceous with short forelimbs that walked or ran on strong hind legs
saurischian, saurischian dinosaur - herbivorous or carnivorous dinosaur having a three-pronged pelvis like that of a crocodile
suborder Theropoda, Theropoda - carnivorous saurischian dinosaurs with short forelimbs; Jurassic and Cretaceous
ceratosaur, ceratosaurus - primitive medium-sized theropod; swift-running bipedal carnivorous dinosaur having grasping hands with sharp claws and a short horn between the nostrils; Jurassic in North America
carnosaur - large carnivorous bipedal dinosaur having huge claws
tyrannosaur, tyrannosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex - large carnivorous bipedal dinosaur having enormous teeth with knifelike serrations; may have been a scavenger rather than an active predator; later Cretaceous period in North America
allosaur, allosaurus - late Jurassic carnivorous dinosaur; similar to but somewhat smaller than tyrannosaurus
compsognathus - very small bipedal carnivorous dinosaur of the late Jurassic in Bavaria
herrerasaur, herrerasaurus - a kind of theropod dinosaur found in Argentina
eoraptor - a theropod dinosaur of the genus Eoraptor
megalosaur, megalosaurus - gigantic carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of the Jurassic or early Cretaceous in Europe
ornithomimid - lightly built medium-sized dinosaur having extremely long limbs and necks with small heads and big brains and large eyes
maniraptor - advanced carnivorous theropod
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Dinosaur Facts and Figures is a stunningly illustrated book of records for these marvelous creatures -- such as the biggest, the smallest, and the fastest theropods, as well as the ones with the most powerful bite.
The current conclusions about the different potentials of locomotion of some extinct animals have been made using different approaches, such as the study of cursorial birds as functional analogues (Gatesy, 1991; Paul; Carrano, 1999; Hutchinson et al., 2006; Hutchinson & Gatesy; Grossi & Canals), the fossilized tracks of primitive theropods during their marches that have been preserved in the ground (Alexander, 1976, 1989a,b; Hutchinson & Gatesy), and the use of computational biomechanical models (Sellers & Paul, 2005; Hutchinson & Gatesy; Hutchinson et al., 2007; Sellers & Manning).
Dr Poropat said that having three major dinosaur groups sauropods, ornithopods and theropods represented on the same trackway surface was incredibly rare.
These four types are now also known from two major groups of dinosaurs -- the ornithischians, which were plant-eaters, and the theropods, which include the ancestors of birds.
"Our measurements showed that these tracks were made by large theropods, which were carnivorous dinosaurs," he says, explaining that tracks made by sauropods, plant-eating dinosaurs, had been previously discovered--now confirming both sauropods and theropods had once lived in the area.
Most of the prints were made by the "older cousins" of Tyrannosaurus rex, called theropods, which stood up to two metres tall, and by similarly sized longnecked sauropods.
Rex - theropods that stood up to six feet tall - and by sauropods, similar sized longnecked cousins of the brontosaurus.
NYT Syndicate The world once trembled before the theropods. This dinosaur group, which included bloodthirsty killing-machines like the Tyrannosaurus rex and velociraptor, was notorious for sharp, serrated teeth that many used to eviscerate prey and strip flesh clean from bones.
in comparative biology from AMNH's Graduate School and also is an instructor at Stony Brook, has worked on examining how brain shape changes through the evolution of flight in theropods, a group of carnivorous dinosaurs closely related to birds.
W "Theropods were vicious hunters who would prey on others.
The results revealed that it was an early theropod. Scientists once thought that all theropods were carnivores.
Martin Ezcurra, who is studying for his PhD, said the Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, belonged to the family of two-legged theropods which included famous meateaters such as Jurassic Park star Velociraptor, Carnotaurus and T.