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New Hell Creek, Montana Raptor Species Named, Described
2013-12-16 14:43:30

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new species of dinosaur recently discovered in the Hell Creek Formation in Montana has been described as the youngest known dromaeosaurid and was a close cousin of the Velociraptor. The dinosaur, called Acheroraptor temertyorum, was approximately nine feet tall and weighed about 90 pounds when it was alive. The naming and description of this raptoran, which lived in what is now western North America some 66 to 67 million years...

Microraptor Hunted Fish
2013-04-23 08:56:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Microraptor was a small flying dinosaur known to prey on birds and tree-dwelling mammals. New research led by a team of researchers at the University of Alberta reveals that the Microraptor was a capable aquatic hunter as well and was able to swoop down and pluck fish out of the water. Scott Persons, a paleontology graduate student at the University of Alberta, says that fossilized remains in China provided evidence of the...

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2011-12-16 03:57:20

New research from Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies has revealed how dinosaurs like Velociraptor and Deinonychus used their famous killer claws, leading to a new hypothesis on the evolution of flight in birds. In a paper published Dec. 14 in PLoS ONE, MSU researchers Denver W. Fowler, Elizabeth A. Freedman, John B. Scannella and Robert E. Kambic (now at Brown University in Rhode Island), describe how comparing modern birds of prey helped develop a new behavior model for...

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2009-12-21 14:40:00

This is the first report of venom in the lineage that leads to modern birds A group of University of Kansas researchers working with Chinese colleagues have discovered a venomous, birdlike raptor that thrived some 128 million years ago in China. This is the first report of venom in the lineage that leads to modern birds. "This thing is a venomous bird for all intents and purposes," said Larry Martin, KU professor and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Natural History Museum and...

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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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2008-10-23 08:25:00

The fossilized remains of a dinosaur about the size of a pigeon that may be the ancestor of birds has been discovered by archeologists in China. Scientists recovered 90 percent of the skeleton which was preserved in rock found in Ningcheng county in Inner Mongolia of northern China. The find was reported in an article in Nature. It has four limbs which lacked contour feathers that could be used for flight, making it a flightless creature. It probably live 176 to 146 million years ago in...

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2007-09-20 15:00:00

WASHINGTON - Velociraptor, the terrifying predator made famous in the movie "Jurassic Park," appears to have had feathers in real life. A close study of a velociraptor forearm found in Mongolia shows the presence of quill knobs, bumps on the bone where the feathers anchor, researchers report in Friday's edition of the journal Science. Dinosaurs are believed to be ancestors to modern birds. Evidence of feathered dinosaurs has been found in recent years, and now velociraptor can be added to...

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2007-09-06 15:13:39

An 80-million-year-old dinosaur fossil unearthed in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia demonstrates that miniaturization, long thought to be a hallmark of bird origins and a necessary precursor of flight, occurred progressively in primitive dinosaurs. The find, described in the September 7 issue of the journal Science, is made up of the fossilized bones of a new dinosaur the researchers have named Mahakala, and includes portions of its skull, forelimb and hindlimb, as well as much of the vertebral...


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Velociraptor
2013-04-28 14:44:15

Velociraptor, meaning “swift seizer” is a genus of dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur that lived about 75 to 71 million years ago during the later part of the Cretaceous Period. There are two species that are presently recognized. The type species is V. mongoliensis; fossils of this particular species have been uncovered in Mongolia. A second species, V. osmolskae, it was named in 2008 for some skull material from Inner Mongolia, China. They are smaller than other dromaeosaurids such as...

Deinonychus
2013-02-12 13:34:53

Deinonychus is a genus of carnivorous dromaeosaurid dinosaurs. There’s one described species, Deinonychus antirrhopus. These dinosaurs, which were capable of growing to be 11 ft long, lived during the early Cretaceous Period, around 115 to 108 million years ago. Fossils have been uncovered from the U.S states of Wyoming, Montana, and Oklahoma, in rocks of the Cloverly Formation and Antlers Formation, though teeth that might belong to Deinonychus have been found much farther east in...

Microraptor
2012-03-21 23:43:50

Microraptor, meaning “small thief,” is a genus of dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Period (120 million years ago). This small, four-winged animal was first discovered in the Jiufotang Formation in Liaoning, China, with more than two dozen specimens unearthed. There are two known species of Microraptor. The type species, M. zhaoianus, has been hotly debated for years. It was initially placed in the genus Archaeoraptor before a more accurate description placed it in the...

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2011-12-20 19:53:45

Sinornithosaurus, meaning “Chinese bird-lizard,” is a genus of feathered dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the early Aptian age of the Early Cretaceous Period (120 - 125 million years ago). It lived in what is now China and was the fifth non-avian feathered dinosaur discovered by 1999. It was discovered in the Jianshangou beds of the Yixian Formation, from the Sihetun locality of western Liaoning. Xu Xing, Wang Xiaolin and Wu Xiaochun, of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology, Beijing are...

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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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