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Buitreraptor gonzalesorummangas 'Vulture roost robber', Middle Cretaceous, Argentina                                        

This turkey-sized dinosaur is the oldest known dromaeosaur  from south America. It had a long, slender snout with many widely spaced small teeth lacking the serrations of the teeth of other raptors. Its long arms, powerful shoulders and long legs suggest it was a fast runner that could reach out to grasp prey. It has been suggested that it may have hunted like a secretary bird. Its teeth, that were similar to those of Pelecanimimus, an ornithomimosaur, and of a type that may have been used to catch slippery animals such as frogs living in marshy areas.

Sources & Further reading

  • Feathered Dinosaurs: the Origin of Birds, John Long and Peter Schouten, CSIRO Publishing

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