Citipati is one of the best-known oviraptorid theropod dinosaurs, thanks to a number of well-preserved skeletons.

The largest Citipati were emu-sized animals. Like other oviraptorids, Citipati had an unusually long neck and shortened tail. Its skull was unusually short, ending in a stout, toothless beak. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of Citipati was its tall crest, resembling that of a modern cassowary.

Dino Facts

  • Pronounced: CHIT-i-puh-tih
  • Means: Funeral pyre lord
  • Size: 10 ft (3 m)
  • Where: Asia (Mongolia)
  • When: Late Cretaceous
  • Diet: Omnivorous

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