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CITIPATI

SIH-tee-PAH-tee

Citipati

Meaning: Funeral Pyre Lord

Period: 75 Million Years Ago, Late Cretaceous period

Discovered: Plains of central Asia

Height: 4 to 5 feet

Length: 9 feet

Weight: 500 pounds

Diet: Plant and meat eater

Feathered Fast and Flightless

The Citipati’s head resembles a modern cassowary – a bird related to the ostrich. The purpose of the Citipati’s crest is unknown. It may have revealed the Citipati’s age or dominance. Perhaps, like the cassowary’s crest, it protected its head, like a helmet, as it pushed through the brush.

The Citipati’s head resembles a modern cassowary – a bird related to the ostrich. The purpose of the Citipati’s crest is unknown. It may have revealed the Citipati’s age or dominance. Perhaps, like the cassowary’s crest, it protected its head, like a helmet, as it pushed through the brush.

 


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