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phylum Chordata Therizinosaurus is a genus of very large theropod dinosaurs which lived in the late Cretaceous Period, around 70 million years ago, and was one of the last and largest representatives of its unique group, the Therizinosauria. Fossils of this species were first discovered in Mongolia and were originally thought to belong to a turtle-like reptile (hence the species name, T. cheloniformis — "turtle-formed"). It is known only from a few bones, including gigantic hand claws, from which it gets its name.

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clade Diapsida
infraclass Dinosauria
order Saurischia
Suborder Theropoda
family Therizinosauridae
genus Therizinosaurus
Period Late Cretaceous