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Bagaraatan

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Bagaraatan (Eduardo Camarga)

Name:

Bagaraatan (Mongolian for "small hunter"); pronounced BAH-gah-rah-TAHN

Habitat:

Woodlands of central Asia

Historical Period:

Late Cretaceous (70-65 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 10 feet long and 500 pounds

Diet:

Meat

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Bipedal posture; possibly feathers

 

About Bagaraatan:

The late Cretaceous period witnessed a perplexing array of small theropod dinosaurs, including raptors, tyrannosaurs and feathered "dino-birds." Based on the fragmentary remains of a single juvenile, unearthed in Mongolia, at least one influential paleontologist has classified Bagaraatan as a tyrannosaur, though others insist this smallish predator was more closely related to the non-tyrannosaur theropod Troodon. As with so many other obscure dinosaurs, the definitive answer awaits further fossil discoveries.

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