Whats in a name

Ornitholestes means 'bird eater', and it was given this name because palaeontologists believed it could eat early birdlike dinosaurs like Archaeopteryx. There is one problem with this theory, however - no one has spotted any of these birdlike dinosaurs in the territory of Ornitholestes. Either it has eaten them all already - which is unlikely - or they just can't be found here, so the name is misleading.

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