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Relative of Velociraptor in Europe

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

‘Stocky Dragon’ Dinosaur, Relative of Velociraptor, Terrorized Late Cretaceous Europe
ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2010) — By describing a new double-clawed and highly-unusual relative of Velociraptor, paleontologists have answered a long-standing question: what did the Late Cretaceous predatory dinosaurs in Europe look like? Balaur bondoc, described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first reasonably complete skeleton of a meat-eating dinosaur from the final 60 million years of the Age of Dinosaurs in Europe and provides insight into an ecosystem very different from that of today. Europe at the end of the Cretaceous was awash in higher seas and was an island archipelago dominated by animals smaller and more primitive than their relatives living on larger landmasses.

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