With their slender, taut-sinewed legs and petite trunks, raptors
were the ballerinas of the dinosaur family. That certainly wasn't the case for Balaur, the low center of gravity and well-muscled thighs of which made it the Cretaceous
version of an excessively trained Olympic gymnast--think Nadia Comaneci on steroids. Why was Balaur such an ugly duckling, raptor-wise? You can blame this dinosaur's island habitat; animals isolated from the mainstream of evolution tend to develop some very strange physiques!