Dakotaraptor: Scientists unearth giant winged raptor!
Could the huge predator really have challenged the T. rex?
Thought Velociraptor was scary? Just wait until you meet Dakotaraptor…
A huge new dinosaur has been unearthed in South Dakota, USA.
And scientists say the 5-m-long creature, which lived 66 million years ago during the Cretaceous period, is one of the largest raptors ever found!
Palaeontologists (dinosaur experts) couldn’t believe their eyes when they unearthed the bones of this giant in the famous Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota, an area that’s famous for its dinosaur discoveries such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops.
They named their discovery Dakotaraptor, after where it was unearthed.
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A team of experts at Kansas University studied the dino’s bones and found that the Dakotaraptor would have had wings! They noticed a series of small bumps along its forearms called “quill knobs” (points where feathers attach to bone), similar to what you’d find on a modern bird today – only on a giant scale!
The scientists believe that the enormous raptor may have been a match for the infamous T. rex. Although Dakotaraptor wasn’t as large as the the 12-m-long Tyrannosaurus, palaeontologist Robert DePalma and his team believe it was an awesome predator.
Although Dakotaraptor wasn’t as large as the the 12m long Tyrannosaurus, palaeontologist Robert DePalma and his team believe that the Dakotaraptor fills the rather large size gap between smaller raptors and T. rex.
“Dakotaraptor could run very fast, it could jump incredibly well, it was agile and it had grappling hooks on the front and rear limbs,” Robert says. “These claws could grab on to anything and just slice them to bits – it was utterly lethal!”