Running Lizard

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Dromaeosaurus which had remarkably large eyes and excellent vision resembles the Velociraptor, lived during the Late Cretaceous period.

The name means 'running lizard' and is derived from the Greek dromeus meaning 'runner' and sauros meaning 'lizard'.

Dromaeosaurus was a small carnivore, the size of a wolf, about 2 m in length and 15 kg in weight. Its mouth was full of sharp teeth, and it had a sharp "sickle claw" on each foot.

It lived during the Campanian stage of the Late Cretaceous, however, some fragmentary remains such as teeth which may belong to this genus have been found from the late Maastrichtian age Lance and Hell Creek Formations, dating to 65.5 million years ago.

Although only a few bones are known from the hind limb, they indicate that Dromaeosaurus was a powerfully built animal.

The presence of feathers in closely related animals makes it extremely likely that it was feathered as well.

It also probably had a good sense of smell and hearing. Its neck was curved and flexible and its jaws were solidly built.

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