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Pyroraptor

Pyroraptor was a genus of dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the late Cretaceous Period of France. It existed during the late Campanian and early Maastrichtian stages, about 70 million years ago. It is known from a single specimen.

It was discovered in 1992 in southern France, in Provence. It is known from a few recovered bones. The type species is P. olympius, named by Allain and Taquet in 2000. Its name means “Olympic fire thief”, because its remains were discovered after a forest fire. The type specimen consists of foot claws, teeth, arm and back bones.

Pyroraptor was a small, bird-like theropod that had enlarged curved, razor sharp claws on the second toe of each foot. The claws were 2.5 inches long. Pyroraptor was a predatory dinosaur.

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