Gallimimus was a theropod dinosaur that lived in what is now Mongolia
about 70 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous. The genus is
part of the ostrich dinosaur group of feather-bearing, fast runners. Its
head was small and light with large eyes and a bulbous structure at the
base of the skull. The snout was longer, broader and more rounded than
in similar species. Its horny beak was toothless with a delicate lower
jaw. The neck and legs were long, and the weak forelimbs had short
three-fingered hands. Several of its fossils were discovered in the Gobi
Desert in the 1960s. Gallimimus means "chicken mimic", from the shape of
its neck vertebrae. It may have had good vision and intelligence
comparable to ratite birds, living in groups as an omnivore, a filter-
feeder or a herbivore. Gallimimus was featured in the film Jurassic Park
in a scene that included innovative special effects and shaped the
popular view of these dinosaurs as bird-like animals.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallimimus>
Today's selected anniversaries:
A strong earthquake in the Kutch district of Gujarat, India,
caused a local zone of uplift that dammed the Nara river, which was
later named the Allah Bund ('Dam of God').
Irish author James Joyce began his relationship with Nora
Barnacle, and subsequently used the date to set the actions for his 1922
Imre Nagy and other leaders of the failed Hungarian Revolution
of 1956 were executed following secret trials.
Jo Cox, a British Member of Parliament, was murdered in her
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3. (transitive, Internet slang, by extension) To carry out a denial-of-
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5. (transitive, chiefly US, colloquial) To cook in a microwave oven.
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