: Gallimimus Bullatus
Type of Dinosaur
: Late Cretaceous Period
: Plants and Meat (omnivore)
: Up to 20 feet
: Up to 970 pounds
16 Gallimimus Facts for Kids
The Gallimimus was discovered in 1964 by Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia.
The Gallimimus got its scientific name Gallimimus bullatus in 1972 from Halszka Osmólska, Rinchen Barsbold and Ewa Roniewicz.
The name Gallimimus means: Chicken Mimic.
The name Gallimimus is pronounced: “gal-uh-MY-mus”.
The Gallimimus was part of a group of dinosaurs known as Theropods.
They lived in the Late Cretaceous Period about 70 million years ago.
Paleontologists estimate the average length of a Gallimimus was 20 feet.
Paleontologists estimate the average weight of a Gallimimus was 970 pounds.
Gallimimus is the largest known Ornithomimidae theropod dinosaur.
While disputed, paleontologists think Gallimimus was an omnivore, eating live prey and plants. However, some think Gallimimus might have been purely a carnivore.
Fossilized remains of the Gallimimus have only been discovered in Mongolia, Asia.
Paleontologists believe Gallimimus had feathers like its Ornithomimus relatives.
Paleontologist Richard A. Thulborn estimated the Gallimimus could have a top running speed of 34 mph.
The Gallimimu used it speed to evade and escape predators.
The Gallimimus was featured in the 1993 movie Jurassic Park, a move adaption of Michael Crichton 1990 novel Jurassic Park.
Unlike depicted in the movie Jurassic Park, there is no evidence proving that Gallimimus gathered in herds.
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A picture of the Gallimimus Bullatus skeleton.
Credit: Gaston Design, Inc.
A sketch of what a Gallimimus might have looked like.
Credit: Natural History Museum, London
A close-up photo of a Gallimimus Bullatus skull.
Credit: Amy Martiny / Ohio University
Additional Resources on Gallimimus
Gallimimus - Wikipedia
– Find more information about the Gallimimus on the Wikipedia Website.
Gallimimus - Perhistoric Wildlife
– Discover some amazing facts about the Gallimimus on the Perhistoric Wildlife website.
Gallimimus - Natural History Museum, London
– Learn more about the Gallimimus on the Natural History Museum, London website.