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Juravenator

Juravenator is a genus of coelurosaurian dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period (150 million years ago). It lived in what are now the Jura Mountains of Germany. It was discovered in 1998 by an amateur paleontologist in a lime pit near Eichstätt. The specimen was nicknamed Borsti, a name commonly given to bristle-haired dogs. It was assumed that this dinosaur was endowed with bristly proto-feathers.

Studies of the remains of Juravenator indicate that this animal had both normal dinosaur scales and simple feathering, based on the finding of a patch of fossilized skin found with the remains. It is believed that Juravenator, along with other primitive feathered dinosaurs, retained more extensive scaling on their bodies than modern birds.

Juravenator was initially classified as a Compsognathidae dinosaur, but future studies found problems with the study that produced those findings. It was proven to be a member of the group Maniraptora. Some studies of other compsognathids may show that they too might belong to the Maniraptora group.

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