Dakotaraptor – lethal feathered predator

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Did you know?

Even the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex would be terrified of ferocious Dakotaraptor hunting in packs!

Vital statistics

Length:                                  4m (similar to an adult crocodile)

Height:                                   1m tall at hips

Weight:                                  approximately 300kg

Discovery:                            named 2015

Distinguishing features:       fully feathered, large wing-like forelimbs, raised, sickle-shaped toe claw

Chronotex Field Observations

The TimeBase is situated right beside a large Dakotaraptor nesting site. We’ve observed that they sit atop their nests to protect and incubate their eggs. Hatchlings aren’t fed in the nests and possess a shaggy, fuzzy covering, which turns into feathers as they grow.

The adult’s distinctive forelimbs are used for scooping up or display. They also have muscular control over their feathers, as modern birds do – so the spectacular and vivid feathers on its tail, for instance, can be fanned out as required. While its hind limbs are powerful and very well-muscled, this warm-blooded animal is not especially fast, although it does have excellent leaping abilities.

These dromaeosaurs co-operate in hunting and subduing large prey – so any chrononauts in the field (who happen to be the perfect size for a Dakotaraptor meal!) know if they see one of these creatures, others are almost certainly nearby.

 Key facts

  • Giant member of the successful dromaeosaur family and a relative of Velociraptor
  • Warm-blooded and very bird-like, covered entirely in a complex plumage
  • Direct evidence for these feathers preserved on one of the arm bones where feather attachment points called quills knobs are present
  • A predator with extremely powerful hindlimbs and giant, sickle-shaped claws on the second toe of each foot
  • Sickle-claw used to pin down and subdue prey, which is then eaten alive

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