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Theropod Dinosaurs:The "Beast-Footed" Carnivorous Dinosaurs
The Theropod (meaning "beast-footed") dinosaurs are a diverse group of bipedal saurischians. They include the largest terrestrial carnivores ever to have made the earth tremble. This page provides an explanation of the general characteristics that place dinosaurs in this group, followed by detailed information on the three major groups: Herrerasauridae, Ceratosauria, and Tetanurae. Active links within the site allow for further study.
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  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Informal
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  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Biology
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Paleontology
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Copyright 1994-2002 by the Regents of the University of California, all rights reserved. All materials appearing on the UCMP Web Servers may not be reproduced or stored in a retrieval system without prior written permission of the publisher and in no case for profit.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-004-970
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Evolution and equilibrium
        • Form and function
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Biological evolution
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Nature of scientific knowledge
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Publisher: University of California Museum of Paleontology