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Condorraptor

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Condorraptor (Ezequiel Vera)

Name:

Condorraptor (Greek for "condor thief"); pronounced CON-doe-rap-tore

Habitat:

Woodlands of South America

Historical Period:

Middle Jurassic (175 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 15 feet long and 400 pounds

Diet:

Meat

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Bipedal stance; medium size

 

About Condorraptor:

Its name--Greek for "condor thief"--may be the best-understood thing about Condorraptor, which was initially diagnosed based on a single tibia (leg bone) until a near-complete skeleton was unearthed a couple of years later. This "small" (only about 400 pound) theropod dates to the middle Jurassic period, about 175 million years ago, a relatively obscure stretch of the dinosaur timeline--so further examination of Condorraptor's remains should shed some much-needed light on the evolution of large theropods. (By the way, despite its name, Condorraptor wasn't a true raptor like the much later Deinonychus or Velociraptor.)

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