Tsaagan (Mongolian for "white monster"); pronounced tzah-GAHN
Plains of Central Asia
Late Cretaceous (75 million years ago)
Size and Weight:
About 4 feet long and 25 pounds
Small size; long, narrow jaws
A contemporary of the more famous Velociraptor, Tsaagan had some distinctly primitive features for a member of the raptor family, most of them involving its narrow skull and jaws. We don't yet know much about this (probably feathered) theropod, but some experts think Tsaagan may have inhabited an ecological niche similar to that of modern vultures, scavenging its meat from already-dead carcasses.