Awesome Hell Creek Oviraptor (Chirostenotes) Claw

A reconstructed skeleton at the CMNH
A reconstructed skeleton at the CMNH
is a beautiful hand claw of the Oviraptor from the Hell Creek Formation of Montana. I purchased this specimen unprepared and had it professionally prepared by one of the top dinosaur labs in the United States. They identified it as coming from Chirostenotes. It's approximately 2.6 inches long (straight line measure) and has a repaired crack near the tip and some restoration work done to the base of the claw but it overall a beautiful and rare specimen.

Chirostenotes was a birdlike dinosaur, approximately 2 meters long and characterized by a toothless beak, long arms ending in slender relatively straight claws, long powerful legs with slender toes. It was probably an omnivore or herbivore which likely ate small reptiles and mammals, as well as plants, eggs and insects.

From Wikipedia:

"In 2005 Phil Senter and J. Michael Parrish published a study on the hand function of Chirostenotes and found that its elongated second finger with its unusually straight claw may have been an adaptation to crevice probing. They suggested that Chirostenotes may have fed on soft-bodied prey that could be impaled by the second claw, such as grubs, as well as unarmored amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. However, if Chirostenotes possessed the large primary feathers on its second finger that have been found in other oviraptorosaurs such as Caudipteryx, it would not have been able to engage in such behavior."
Hell Creek Formation
2.6" long
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