Dromaeosaurus (Greek for "running lizard"); pronounced DRO-may-oh-SORE-us
Plains of North America
Late Cretaceous (75 million years ago)
Size and Weight:
About 6 feet long and 25 pounds
Small size; powerful jaws and teeth; probably feathers
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.