Pronounced: A-dah-Sore-us Diet: Carnivore (Meat-Eater) Name Means: "Ada Lizard" Length: 6 feet (2 m) Height: 2 feet (.7 m) Weight: 33 pounds (15 kilos) Time: Late Cretaceous - 75 MYA Location: Asia
Was Adasaurus a dinosaur or was it a bird?
Scientists believe that it had feathers, and that it was small and lightweight. It also had a killer claw like Velociraptor, but the claw was smaller.
What we do know from the few fossils that have been discovered so far, is that Adasaurus was a small, meat-eating dinosaur that was very lightweight and had many bird-like features. It has been placed in the same family as Velociraptor for now, but future discoveries may change that.
This small dinosaur adds fuel to the ever-growing debate surrounding dinosaurs and birds. Adasaurus has been described as being extremely similar to Archeopteryx. It has enough of the dromaeosaur characteristics to be placed in that family too, but the overall view of those types of raptors is evolving into their being referred to as bird-like dinosaurs, complete with feathers. Eventually, some members of that family may be reclassified as birds instead of dinosaurs.
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Pronounced:Meg - uh - Rap - tor
Name Means:"Big Robber"
Length:26 feet (8 m)
Height:10 feet (3 m)
Weight:1 tons (900 kilos)
Time:Middle Cretaceous - 90 MYA
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Location:South America, possibly Asia
If this monster was everything scientists think it was, it could have been the most vicious predator ever. Megaraptor was like a giant Velociraptor, larger even than Utahraptor, that had a killing claw over 14 inches (36 cm) long! Add to that its sharp teeth, long powerful arms and hands with huge claws and you have one fierce animal. The trouble is, very little of this dinosaur has been found, and it is a very recent discovery, so it may be some time before we know for certain what it really looked like.
Discovered in 1997 in Argentina, Megaraptor was found associated with the fossil remains of Unenlagia, a bird-like dinosaur. There is some speculation that Megaraptor was the adult version of Unenlagia, which is known from an apparently juvenile specimen. Remains of a specimen similar to those of the Megaraptor have also recently been found in China and await study.
Ha if it lived in both South Am. and asia it "mite" have lived in north Am. It "mite" have cross that in to alska. style_emoticons/default/geek.gif
Actually,Megaraptor in now believed to be a spinosaur. That Claw on it's toe may have been on it's hand instead.