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SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

Bradycneme: 15 Facts You Won’t Believe!

To explore this dinosaur, read these Bradycneme facts.

The Bradyceme also known as Bradycneme draculae, is a species of theropod dinosaur which was known to live in the Upper Cretaceous Sanpetru formation of the Hateg Basin range which is in present-day Transylvania, Romania in Europe. Bradycneme pronunciation in English is 'bray-dee-kuh-nee-me'. Not much information is known about the Bradycneme habitat. The dinosaur is believed to have reproduced sexually just like other dinosaur species where males deposited sperm inside females and then females used to lay fertilized eggs.

Much of the information about this dinosaur species is based on the partial right lower leg. The physical appearance of this species involved a body with partial feathering with red-colored pigment that extended from the tail to the head and the leftover part of the skin was dull gray in color. Other features included a sickle claw, large forelimbs, and teeth. This was a meat-eating species and its diet was omnivorous, so food consisted of small reptiles, plant life and vegetation, young dinosaurs, and also the carcasses of dead animals. Communication used to take place through sounds and gestures.

The fossil of this species was first thought to be that of an owl and the first describers of remains of this species also described it as a giant owl. The Bradycneme name means, roughly, a 'ponderous leg'. This species was introduced on 'Planet Dinosaur'. It existed around 70 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous time period.

It is very interesting to explore this dinosaur and if you like, read about the Heterodontosaurus and the Crichtonsaurus, too.

Bradycneme Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Bradycneme'?

The pronunciation of this dinosaur is 'bray-dee-kuh-nee-me'.

What type of dinosaur was a Bradycneme?

It belongs to the theropod type.

In which geological period did the Bradycneme roam the earth?

It is known to have existed in the Maastrichtian age.

When did the Bradycneme become Extinct?

The exact time when these dinosaurs were Extinct is not known. They lived around 70 million years ago, which is around the Late Cretaceous period.

Where did a Bradycneme live?

It used to live in the Upper Cretaceous Sanpetru formation of the Hateg Basin range which is in present-day Transylvania, Romania, Europe.

What was a Bradycneme's habitat?

Not a lot of information is available about the habitat of this theropod species.

Who did a Bradycneme live with?

Not much is known about this species' social behavior.

How long did a Bradycneme live?

No information is available about the lifespan of the Bradycneme draculae.

How did they reproduce?

Dinosaurs, in general, were known to reproduce sexually where males deposited sperm inside the female, and then fertilized eggs with developed embryos were laid.

Bradycneme Fun Facts

What did a Bradycneme look like?

Research data collected showed that this dinosaur of the Late Cretaceous time period had a partial feathering with a red-colored pigment that extended from the tail to the face. The other part of the skin was dull gray in color. Certain other features were a sickle claw, large forelimbs, and teeth.

The red coloring and the claw of this dinosaur were some of its identifiable features.
We've been unable to source an image of Bradycneme and have used an image of Megalosaurus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Bradycneme, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected]

How many bones did a Bradycneme have?

The exact number of the bones that it had is unknown.

How did they communicate?

Communication of dinosaurs used to take place through various sounds made in different situations and also through gestures and postures.

How big was a Bradycneme?

The length of this species was around 6-7 ft (183-213 cm).

How fast could a Bradycneme move?

The exact speed of this dinosaur is not known.

How much did a Bradycneme weigh?

It is estimated that the average Bradycneme weight was around 40 lb (18 kg).

What were the male and female names of the species?

Males and females of this species do not have any particular names.

What would you call a baby Bradycneme?

A Bradycneme baby is known as a hatchling which is what a baby dinosaur is called.

What did they eat?

The diet of this species was omnivorous and it used to feed on small reptiles, plant life and vegetation, young dinosaurs, and also carcasses of dead animals, and thus, was considered to be a top predator.

How aggressive were they?

No information is available about the nature and aggressive behavior of this species.

Did you know...

It is believed that the information found on this species is based on the partial right lower leg and it is believed that the original describers of this leg thought that it came from a huge owl. Hopefully, more will be known in the future if more remains of this dinosaur are discovered and more research is done.

History states that the word Bradycneme is known to have been derived from ancient Greek, 'bradys' meaning 'slow' and 'ponderous' and 'kneme' meaning 'leg', and thus, its rough meaning is 'ponderous leg'.

The word 'draculae', the specific name of this species, is derived from the Romanian word 'dracul' which means 'dragon'.

The Bradycneme, when first found and collected, was thought to be only 6.5 ft (198 cm) tall, but then later analysis and research showed otherwise.

This dinosaur is famous as even with little fossil data and evidence, this species was shown on 'Planet Dinosaur'. This dinosaur was described as an apex predator on 'Planet Dinosaur'.

Did the Bradycneme hunt?

Yes, it is believed that these Bradycneme dinosaurs did hunt based on their diet, but the history of their hunting technique is not known. These dinosaurs were considered to be a top predator which makes this dinosaur special.

What terrain did the Bradycneme live in?

It is believed that these dinosaurs lived in the Cretaceous period.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly dinosaur facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other creatures from our Ostafrikasaurus facts, or Caviramus facts for kids.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable dinosaurs coloring pages.

*We've been unable to source an image of Bradycneme and have used an image of Megalosaurus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Bradycneme, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected]

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