Fun Tototlmimus Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Jan 31, 2024 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Feb 25, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Pradhanya Rao
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The Tototlmimus packardensis is an ornithomimid dinosaur that resided in Mexico in the Cretaceous period. The fossil remains were recovered from the Cretaceous Packard Shale Formation in the Sonora state. The creature was properly described by Claudia Inés Serrano-Brañas, Ixchel González-Ramírez, Esperanza Torres-Rodríguez, Carlos González-León, and Paola Carolina Reyes-Luna in 2015.

The name of the creature came from a Nahuatl word 'tootl' which means 'bird' and 'mimus' which is a Latin word meaning 'mimic'. The name means that the ornithomimid dinosaur looks like a bird. The fossil elements that were found did not include a skull. It included the first phalanx of the first finger, the second phalanx of the third right finger, the second toe, the fourth phalanx of the fourth toe, second and third phalanges of the third toe, and a claw of the left foot. The fossils suggest the creatures lived almost 72 million years ago.

Tototlmimus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Tototlmimus'?

The pronunciation of Tototlmimus is 'To-tot-l-my-mus.'

What type of dinosaur was a Tototlmimus?

The Tototlmimus packardensis was a ornithomimid dinosaur.

In which geological period did the Tototlmimus roam the Earth?

The Tototlmimus packardensis belonged to the Cretaceous period.

When did the Tototlmimus become Extinct?

The species became perhaps became Extinct along with the other ornithomimids.

Where did a Tototlmimus live?

The fossil specimen of this extinct genus was recovered from the Late Cretaceous Packard Shale Formation in the Sonora state of Mexico. Thus, it can be assumed that they lived in that area.

What was a Tototlmimus's habitat?

The area that the fossils were recovered from suggests that the Tototlmimus preferred to live on plains so that they could get their food easily.

Who did a Tototlmimus live with?

It is not known whether the Tototlmimus lived in herds or individually.

How long did a Tototlmimus live?

The average age of the Tototlmimus is difficult to determine as not much of the skeleton remains were recovered.

How did they reproduce?

 The methods of their reproduction are unknown. However, if compared to creatures of a similar genus, it can be said that they used to lay eggs.

Tototlmimus Fun Facts

What did a Tototlmimus look like?

Tototlmimus packardensis belong to an Extinct genus of the ornithomimids that had distinguished characteristics. The foot claws of the bird had shallow grooves on both sides. The build of the foot was very similar to any other ornithomimid dinosaur. This also suggests that the metatarsal bones of the foot fit perfectly with each other making the claw very narrow and asymmetric. The fossils that were recovered were without a skull. It had an elongated tail and a long neck that supported the skull. The wings that were by the side instead of hands were quite small compared to the rest of the body.

The structure of a Tototlmimus was very similar to modern day birds.

How many bones did a Tototlmimus have?

Since only a partial skeleton of this species was recovered, it is difficult to establish the number of bones the dinosaur had.

How did they communicate?

The methods of their communication are unknown.

How big was a Tototlmimus?

Due to the lack of skeletal remains, the height of the Tototlmimus is unknown. However, it is estimated that they were 12.5 ft (3.8 m) long making them medium-sized species in comparison to the other dinosaurs.

How fast could a Tototlmimus fly?

It is not certain whether or not these dinosaurs used to fly.

How much did a Tototlmimus weigh?

The weight of the dinosaur is approximately 276 lb (125 kg).

What were the male and female names of the species?

There were no different names for the male and female species of the Tototlmimus packardensis.

What would you call a baby Tototlmimus?

There was no separate name given to a baby Tototlmimus.

What did they eat?

There is not much evidence that supports the diet of the dinosaur. However, it is assumed that they were omnivore animals and ate both plants and other animals.

How aggressive were they?

It is not known whether they had an aggressive nature.

Did You Know...

Ornithomimids had a beak just like other birds, teeth are unknown.

The Tototlmimus packardensis is the first proper ornithomimid that was described in Mexico.

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Tototlmimus Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Plants and animals

what Type of Animal were they?

Omnivore

Average Litter Size?

N/A

What Did They Look Like?

N/A

How Much Did They Weigh?

276 lb (125 kg)

Skin Type

N/A

How Long Were They?

12.5 ft (3.8 m)

How Tall Were They?

N/A

Kingdom

Animalia

Class

Dinosauria

Genus

Tototlmimus

Family

Ornithomimidae

Scientific Name

Tototlmimus packardensis

What Were Their Main Threats?

Natural disasters

What Habitat Did They Live In?

Terrestrial

Where Did They Live?

Mexico and North America
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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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