Pyroraptor

Pyroraptor olympius

  • Pronounced:  Pie - row - Rap - tore

  • Diet:  Carnivore (meat-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Fire Raider"

  • Length:  unknown (small)

  • Height:  unknown

  • Weight:  unknown

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 76 million years ago

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Europe

Pyroraptor is the first positively identified member of the raptor family found in Europe. This was a small, fast hunter that lived near the end of the age of dinosaurs. The specimen is known from only a few bones, but they are enough to give scientists a good idea of what this little dinosaur would have looked like. Some paleontologists believe it would have closely resembled the small, bird-like dinosaurs recently discovered in China.

Pyroraptor was found associated with fossils representing a number of other creatures, including Rhabdodon, a nodosaur, a titanosaur, a ceratopsian and some Late Cretaceous reptiles.

The origin of the dromaeosaurs has long been debated. A number of prominent scientists believe they originated in North America, possibly the area that was adjacent to Europe in the very Early Cretaceous.



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