Fun Nedcolbertia Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Apr 19, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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Nedcolbertia roamed the Earth in the early Cretaceous period.
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The ostrich-like dinosaur Nedcolbertia rests in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, but its roots from the early cretaceous days speculate its presence widely across North America.

The fragmentary fossils found from the Yellow Cat Member of Eastern Utah may have lacked skulls, but paleontologists managed to find similarities to remains found in the Arundel Formation, terming it a part of the ornithomimosaur family.

Nedcolbertia Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Nedcolbertia'?

Nedcolbertia is pronounced as 'Ned-col-ber-she-ah'.

What type of dinosaur was a Nedcolbertia?

Nedcolbertia was an ornithomimosaur of the theropod dinosaur genus, which defines its close appearance as an ostrich dinosaur.

In which geological period did the Nedcolbertia roam the earth?

Nedcolbertia dinosaur species roamed Earth during the Valanginian age of the lower cretaceous period, which lasted around 139-134 million years ago.

When did Nedcolbertia become extinct?

Nedcolbertia became extinct around the Aptian age, around 125 million years ago.

Where did a Nedcolbertia live?

Nedcolbertia remains were found in the base of Yellow Cat Member of eastern Utah, which suggests its habitat was in North America. Nedcolbertia inhabited the Northern Hemisphere of the lower cretaceous period, including Colorado and Utah in North America.

What was Nedcolbertia's habitat?

Nedcolbertia lived in a terrestrial habitat full of marshes, deserts, drylands, near water resources, and many regions as such. It is not known how territorial they were.

Who did Nedcolbertia live with?

Nedcolbertia lived around other Ornithomimosaurs of the early Cretaceous.

How long did a Nedcolbertia live?

The lifespan of a Nedcolbertia dinosaur is still unknown.

How did they reproduce?

The small theropod was oviparous and reproduced offspring by laying eggs.

Nedcolbertia Fun Facts

What did a Nedcolbertia look like?

Nedcolbertia's fragmentary remains represented a juvenile, small theropod. The fossils were compared to ornithomimosaur material found in the Arundel formation.

As the fossil record claimed, the Arundel material and Nedcolbertia remains had various similarities confirming it as a part of ornithomimosaur. Being an Ornithomimosaur material, Nedcolbertia closely appeared an ostrich, consisting of developed posterior but small anterior process. The skin color of the species is not known.

Nedcolbertia closely appears to be an ostrich-like creature.

How many bones did a Nedcolbertia have?

Nedcolbertia remains found heavily eroded claws, pubic bone, thigh bone, vertebrae, and feet with fragmented metatarsals.

How did they communicate?

The communication method of Nedcolbertia is unknown.

How big was a Nedcolbertia?

The specimen of Nedcolbertia lacked a significant part of the structure as the created holotype length is 4 ft (1.2 m), but the estimated length of this theropod is about 9.8 ft (3 m), pretty large than another known Ornithomimidae Galimimus.

How fast could a Nedcolbertia move?

Nedcolbertia shared features with Arundel ornithomimosaur, and the remains suggest that these creatures had an ostrich-like appearance, which makes it easy to speculate that Nedcolbertia was a significantly fast-moving creature.

How much did a Nedcolbertia weigh?

Paleontologists did not make any weight estimations for Nedcolbertia.

What were the male and female names of the species?

Different terms for Nedcolbertia species are yet to be known.

What would you call a baby Nedcolbertia?

The information related to baby Nedcolbertia is unavailable.

What did they eat?

They ate small animals, lizards, and primitive mammals.

How aggressive were they?

Nedcolbertias were not greedy, but supposedly quite aggressive to protect eggs against predation, making them territorial species. It is not known if they used to bite.

Did You Know...

Nedcolbertia justinhofmanni found its name from the paleontologist Edwin Harris Colbert and the six-year old winner of Discovery Card contest Justin Hofmann.

The remains of three individual Nedcolbertia justinhofmanni were found in the excavation.

No skulls were found in any of the remains of Nedcolbertia justinhofmanni.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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