One Fingered Dinosaur Discovered

Posted by on January 25th, 2011

A new alvarezsauroid dinosaur (Linhenykus monodactylus) with a single finger has been discovered in Mongolia in about 80 million-year-old rock and was recently described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The earliest carnivorous dinosaurs had five fingers, although only four were actually functional. Many later meat-eaters had only three, and evolution left the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex with only two. Now researchers have unearthed the first known dinosaur with only one finger.

The research team has suggested that these finger arms could have been used for digging. Read the entire article here.

[ScienceMag via Gizmodo]

2 Responses to “One Fingered Dinosaur Discovered”

  1. SebastianA Says:


    Well, certainly gives a new perspective on the whole pull my finger thing…

  2. Busterggi Says:

    Wait a second – what about Mononykys?