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Bipedal predatory dinosaurs

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Classification follows Sereno 1999.
Containing group: Dinosauria

Other Names for Theropoda


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Padian, K., J. R. Hutchinson, and T. R. Holtz. 1999. Phylogenetic definitions and nomenclature of the major taxonomic categories of the carnivorous Dinosauria (Theropoda). Journal Of Vertebrate Paleontology 19:69-80.

Ruben, J. A., C. Dal Sasso, N. R. Geist, W. J. Hillenius, T. D. Jones, and M. Signore. 1999. Pulmonary function and metabolic physiology of theropod dinosaurs. Science 283:514-516.

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Sereno, P. C., A. L. Beck, D. B. Dutheil, B. Gado, H. C. E. Larsson, G. H. Lyon, J. D. Marcot, O. W. M. Rauhut, R. W. Sadleir, C. A. Sidor, D. J. Varricchio, G. P. Wilson, and J. A. Wilson. 1998. A long-snouted predatory dinosaur from Africa and the evolution of spinosaurids. Science 282:1298-1302.

Sereno, P. C., D. B. Dutheil, M. Iarochene, H. C. E. Larsson, G. H. Lyon, P. M. Magwene, C. A. Sidor, D. J. Varricchio, and J. A. Wilson. 1996. Predatory dinosaurs from the Sahara and Late Cretaceous faunal differentiation. Science 272:986-991.

Sereno, P. C. and F. E. Novas. 1992. The complete skull and skeleton of an early dinosaur. Science 258:1137-1140.

Sereno P. C., C. A. Forster, R. R. Rogers, and A. M. Monetta. 1993. Primitive dinosaur skeleton from Argentina and the early evolution of Dinosauria. Nature 361:64-66.

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Scientific Name Velociraptor
Location Mesalands Dinosaur Museum, Tucumcari, New Mexico
Specimen Condition Fossil
Body Part skeleton
Source Velociraptor skeleton
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2004 Mary Harrsch
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