Buitreraptor

genus of reptiles (fossil)

Buitreraptor is a small dromaeosaur from the Cretaceous of Argentina. It was about four to five feet long (1.5 metres).[1]

Buitreraptor
Temporal range: Upper Cretaceous, 94 mya
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Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
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Buitreraptor
Buitreraptor (front) and Deinonychus (behind) at the Field Museum of Natural History

Buitreraptor has a slender, flat, extremely elongated snout. Its jaws have many small teeth which lack meat-tearing serrations or cutting edges. They are grooved, strongly recurved and flattened.[2] This probably meant it ate quite small animals, like lizards and mammals.

Since its close relatives had feathers, it is likely that Buitreraptor also was feathered.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Paul G.S. 2010. The Princeton field guide to dinosaurs. Princeton University Press, 139.
  2. Gianechini F.A.; Makovicky P.J; Apesteguía S. (2011). "The teeth of the unenlagiine theropod Buitreraptor from the Cretaceous of Patagonia, Argentina, and the unusual dentition of the Gondwanan dromaeosaurids". Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. 56 (2): 279–290.