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Temporal range: Upper Cretaceous 67 mya
Leaping Dryptosaurus.jpg
Reconstructed skeletons mounted in fighting pose, N.J. State Museum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Dryptosauridae
Marsh, 1890
Genus: Dryptosaurus

Dryptosaurus ("tearing lizard") was a theropod dinosaur of the Tyrannosauroidea type.[1] It was found in Upper Cretaceous strata of Eastern North America. It was formerly known as Laelaps.

It was given its name because it had 8-inch (21-cm) long finger claws. Fossils have been found in New Jersey. It is known only from a partial skeleton.

References[change | change source]

  1. Paul, G.S. 2010. The Princeton field guide to dinosaurs. Princeton University Press, p. 100