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Luanchuanraptor (Nobu Tamura)

Name:

Luanchuanraptor (Greek for "Luanchuan thief"); pronounced loo-WAN-choo-WAN-rap-tore

Habitat:

Woodlands of Asia

Historical Period:

Late Cretaceous (70 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 3-4 feet long and 5-10 pounds

Diet:

Meat

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Small size; probably feathers

About Luanchuanraptor:

As obscure as it is, the tiny, probably feathered Luanchuanraptor occupies an important place in the dinosaur record books: it was the first Asian raptor to be discovered in eastern rather than northeastern China (most raptors from this part of the world, like Velociraptor, lived further west, in modern-day Mongolia). Other than that, Luanchuanraptor seems to have been a fairly typical "dino-bird" for its time and place, possibly hunting in packs to overwhelm bigger dinosaurs.
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