Name: Linhenykus monodactylus
Name Meaning: Linhe Claw
First Described: 2011
Described By: Xu et al
Classification: Dinosauria, Sauirschia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Averostra, Tetanurae, Orionides, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Alvarezsauria, Alvarezsauroidea, Alvarezsauridae, Parvicursorinae, Mononykini
Linhenykus was another alvarezsaur from the Wulanshuhai Formation in Bayan Mandahu Formation in Inner Mongolia, China. It lived in the Campanian age of the Late Cretaceous, about 84 to 75 million years ago. It was actually a unique member of the group because it only had one finger, rather than other fingers and one claw like other alvarezsaurs had. It did have a bone for a second finger, but this was a vestigial nub. It probably used these fingers to dig into termite mounds. However it actually had a less robust claw than other later forms, indicating that it had either regressed, or was more basal. It was about 90 centimeters long.
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