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A detailed profile of Nothronychus, the carnivorous-looking Therizinosaur that was actually a vegetarian. We discover the age of Nothronychus, its habitat and geological evidence proves that this creature really was a herbivore by taking a close look at fossilised teeth. We also find out how Nothronychus used its enormous claws for feeding and defence against predators whilst comparisons are drawn with the modern-day sloth. Take a look in the lab as they find out how much vegetation a one-tonne dinosaur would need to consume in comparison to the amount of flesh needed to fuel a one-tonne carnivore.
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8 February 2012

Classroom Ideas

This clip can be used in a lesson on creating a subjective fictional report. With a line of enquiry such as saving the dinosaurs or claiming them to be either good or bad, pupils could be asked to find evidence to support their own view. They could then be asked to use this to create a subjective report on the Nothronychus. It could alternatively be based around proving whether they were carnivores or herbivores in the same format.

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