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New species of dinosaur discovered

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Scientists have discovered a new species of dinosaur that was closely related to the Velociraptor.

The 1.8m-long predator was a dromaeosaurid - a family of theropod dinosaurs from which modern birds descended.

The researchers discovered its exquisitely well preserved skeleton in sediments dating from the Upper Cretaceous period in Inner Mongolia.

They describe the find in the journal Zootaxa.

The fossilised skeleton was in almost perfect condition - with complete claws and teeth - despite being between 145 and 65 million years old.

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anybody know why it's called a Linheraptor?

Does Linhe stand for something?

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Seems like it's the name of the place it was found.

Linhe District

Some dinosaurs are named that way, or named for their finders or in respect to someone.

Edited by ShadowSot

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ah thx Shadowsot!

I was hoping for a cooler explanation though ^_^

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ah thx Shadowsot!

I was hoping for a cooler explanation though ^_^

Yeah, reading the PDF on the find, I was expecting it to have something to do with the unique features it displayed.

Then I ended up just running the name in Google and finding out where it was.

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