Pronounced: Meg - uh - Rap - tor
Diet: Carnivore (Meat-Eater)
Name Means: "Big Robber"
Length: 26 feet (8 m)
Height: 10 feet (3 m)
Weight: 1 tons (900 kilos)
Time: Middle Cretaceous - 90 MYA
Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in South America, Asia
If this monster was everything scientists think it
was, it could have been the most vicious predator ever.
Megaraptor was like a giant
Velociraptor , larger even than
Utahraptor , that had a killing claw over 14
inches (36 cm) long! Add to that its sharp teeth, long
powerful arms and hands with huge claws and you have one
fierce animal. The trouble is, very little of this
dinosaur has been found, and it is a very recent
discovery, so it may be some time before we know for
certain what it really looked like.
Discovered in 1997 in Argentina, Megaraptor was found associated with the fossil remains of Unenlagia a bird-like dinosaur. There is some speculation that Megaraptor was the adult version of Unenlagia which is known from an apparently juvenile specimen. Remains of a specimen similar to those of the Megaraptor have also recently been found in China and await study.