Parvicursor remotus was a tiny Alvarezsaurian
dinosaur. A little smaller than a chicken, it is currently the
smallest known dinosaur. It had long slender legs for fast running.
It's forelimbs were short
and stubby, with hands all but completely turned into a single big
claw, possibly for opening tough termite mounds or other types of
digging. It is unlikely that the claw could have served much for
defense, as it was short and not designed for flexible movements.
It is known from one incomplete skeleton that includes the pelvis
and hind limbs, some tail and back vertebrae. No skull has yet been
found. Its discoverers place it in its own family, Parvicursoridae,
and it belongs in the same part of the cladogram as Mononykus