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Temporal range: Upper Cretaceous, 94 mya
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Dromaeosauridae
Genus: Buitreraptor
Buitreraptor (front) and Deinonychus (behind) at the Field Museum of Natural History

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

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.

References[change | change source]

  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.