Deltadromeus

Deltadromeus agilis

  • Pronounced:  Dell - ta - Dro - me - us

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Delta Runner"

  • Length:  25 feet (8 m)

  • Height:  8 feet (2.4 m)

  • Weight:  3 tons (2,700 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 73 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in North Africa

Deltadromeus was a fast meat eater, sort of like a very large raptor. It had big claws, strong legs, and lots of sharp teeth. Only one partial skeleton has been found so there is still a great deal about this dinosaur that remains a mystery. To date, a skull hasn't been found, but scientists have uncovered its teeth, and because of this they can only guess at what its head looked like. Much of its body has been found, however, so scientists know how big it was, and by comparing it to similar dinosaurs they can make a good guess as to how it looked when it was alive.

Deltadromeus is known mostly from a single, very fragmented partial skeleton that was found in 1995 by Paul Sereno from the University of Chicago. Bones and sharp, one-inch-long, serrated teeth found in the Baharia Formation have been attributed to this species, but this has yet to be proven as the skull for the species has not been found. Skeletal elements indicate that it was a fast, agile carnivore with many similarities to coelurosaurs like the older Ornitholestes  from the Jurassic. Dr. Sereno's National Geographic-sponsored expedition was most successful as he also discovered the only substantial specimen of Carcharodontosaurus.



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