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Tianyuraptor (Wikimedia Commons)


Tianyuraptor (Greek for "Tianyu robber"); pronounced tee-ANN-you-rap-tore


Woodlands of eastern Asia

Historical Period:

Early Cretaceous (125 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 3 feet long and 20 pounds



Distinguishing Characteristics:

Small size; relatively long hind legs


About Tianyuraptor:

One of the innumerable small, feathered dinosaurs that have been dug up in China over the last decade, Tianyuraptor stands out thanks to its relatively long legs and relatively short arms, proportions that differ from most other dromaeosaurs (or raptors, as they're more commonly known) of Eurasia. Equally as important from the perspective of paleontologists, as a dinosaur from the northern hemisphere that shared some characteristics with dinosaurs from the southern hemisphere, Tianyuraptor may help shed light on the evolutionary relationships of the small dino-birds that dotted the globe throughout the Cretaceous period.

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