For once, not a complete animal or model of one. Rather, a few pictures of what makes theropods so odd: the teeth – and lack thereof!
Check this out:
That’s what a real theropod looks like! As Bob Bakker pointed out, this has a snake-ish quality to it.
and this is in fact one of the most common vertebrate fossils in many typical dinosaur localities:
two shed theropod teeth that I dug out from between a scapula and articulated ribs at the Sauriermuseum’s Howe-Stephens-Quarry dig in 2003.
And from there, theropods went all the way to this in “no time”:
Avimimus cast (Sauriermuseum Aathal).
Today, there are no toothed theropods at all, but some try to turn things back by having beaks with “teeth” and serrations. Still, it is odd that a group in which most members “lived off” their teeth for half the Mesozoic, and a significant proportion, including all large taxa, for the the rest of it, suddenly goes toothless. Being able to fly does weird things to your body……