Last updated on April 19, 2014 at 9:20 EDT


Sinraptor, meaning “Chinese thief,” is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period. It was discovered by Philip J. Currie and Xian Zhao in the Shishugou Formation during an expedition to the northwestern Chinese desert in 1987.

The type species, S. dongi, honors paleontologist Dong Zhiming. It was described by Currie and Zhao in 1994. A second species, originally named Yangchuanosaurus hepingensis by Gao in 1992, may actually represent a second species of Sinraptor. Whether or not this is true, both dinosaurs were very close relatives, and are classified together in the family Sinraptoridae.

Sinraptor was about 10 feet tall and nearly 25 feet long. Despite its name, Sinraptor is not related to dromaeosaurids like Velociraptor.

The skeleton of Sinraptor hepingensis is on display at the Zigong Dinosaur Museum, Zigong, China. The Sinraptor skeleton has also traveled abroad and has appeared in the Dinosaurs of China exhibit on display at the Miami Museum of Science in Miami, Florida, USA.

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