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Gallimimus was an ornithomimid that lived during the late Cretaceous, in what is now Mongolia. With individuals as long as 26 ft, they are among the largest ornithomimids, the only one larger being the 36ft Deinocheirus.
Gallimimus was ostrich-like, with a small head, toothless beak, large eyes, a long neck, short arms, long legs, and a long tail. It had a short 'hand' relative to the humerus length, when compared to other ornithomimids. The tail was used for balance. The eyes were placed on the sides of its head and the bottom front part of its beak was shaped like a shovel. Like most modern birds and other theropods, it had hollow bones. Gallimimus had numerous traits that hint that it could run fast, such as a strong ilium, heavy tail base, long limbs, a long tibia and metatarsus and short toes, but no one knows how fast it could run.
Gallimimus in The Land Before Time
Creatures that may be Gallimimus appear in several The Land Before Time movies as Rainbow Faces, so called due to their striped beaks (Even though they refer to actual rainbows as "Sky Colors"). They first appear in The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire, although the ones seen are implied to be supernatural beings in disguise, most likely extraterrestrial aliens. These two were also the only ones with large roles. Since VII, real Gallimimus have appeared in The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water, The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration, The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses, and an episode of the television series.
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