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Dromaeosaurus (Wikimedia Commons)


Dromaeosaurus (Greek for "running lizard"); pronounced DRO-may-oh-SORE-us


Plains of North America

Historical Period:

Late Cretaceous (75 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 6 feet long and 25 pounds



Distinguishing Characteristics:

Small size; powerful jaws and teeth; probably feathers


About Dromaeosaurus:

Dromaeosaurus is the eponymous genus of dromaeosaurs, the smallish, speedy, bipedal, probably feather-covered carnivorous theropods better known to the general public as raptors. Still, this genus differed from more famous raptors like Velociraptor in some important respects: its skull, jaws and teeth were relatively robust, for instance, a very tyrannosaur-like trait for such a small dinosaur. Despite its fame among paleontologists, Dromaeosaurus (Greek for "running lizard") isn't very well represented in the fossil record; all we know of this raptor amounts to a few scattered bones dug up in Canada.


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