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Megaraptor Fact Sheet
|NAME:||Meaning - Megaraptor means "huge robber"
Pronounced - meg-a-RAP-tor
Named By - Fernando E. Novas
When Named - 1998
|SIZE:||Length - 20-26 feet (6-8 m) long
Height - roughly 6 ft (2 m) tall at the hips
Weight - ?
|WHEN IT LIVED:||Late Cretaceous period, about 90-84 million years ago|
|WHERE IT LIVED:||Fossils have been found in the Rio Neuquen Rock Formation, Sierra del Portezuelo, Province of Neuquen, Argentina, South America.|
|FOSSILS:||Megaraptor remains were found in 1996 in Northwest Patagonia, Argentina, by paleontologist Fernando E. Novas. Only a few toe and leg bones have been found, including a sickle-claw 14 inch (35 cm) long.|
|Megaraptor was a large, terrifying late Cretaceous predator with two enormous, sickle-like toe claws . It was a huge, lightly built, fast-moving, agile, bipedal (walked on two legs), bird-like dinosaur. It had a curved, flexible neck, and a big head with sharp, serrated teeth in very powerful jaws.
The second toe on each foot had a 14 inch (35 cm) sickle-like claw and the other toes had smaller claws. When alive, this claw would have been sheathed in a horny, keratinous material much like our fingernails, making the claw even bigger, longer and sharper.
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