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2008-12-18 08:55:44

On Tuesday, researchers reported the discovery of a new species of raptor in Argentina, one of the largest of its kind. The creature would have weighed nearly 800 pounds and been 15 feet long with very short arms, resembling a Tyrannosaurus. The raptor was a slender, two-legged hunter.  The creature has gained recent popularity through books and movies like Jurassic Park. The discovery brings new information into the discussion of the evolution of dromaeosaurids, which were intelligent,...


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2011-04-11 17:00:22

Tianyuraptor, meaning "Tianyu thief," is a genus of dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the Barremian and Aptian stages of the Early Cretaceous Period (129 to 122 million years ago). It was discovered in western Liaoning, China in the Dawangzhangzi Bed of the Yixian Formation. While similar to other dromaeosaurids that have been discovered in Liaoning, it is somewhat more primitive. The type specimen, which was described in 2009, shows features not previously known in Northern Hemisphere...

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2009-08-05 13:34:03

Austroraptor, meaning "southern Thief", is a genus of dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous Period about 70 million years ago. It was found in what is now Argentina. The type species, A. cabazai, was described in 2008 by Fernando Novas of the Argentina Museum of Natural Sciences. It was discovered in the Late Cretaceous deposits near Rio Negro Province of Argentina. The specific name honors Alberto Cabaza, who founded the museum where the specimen was studied. Austroraptor was...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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