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Austroraptor replica display
Giant Austroraptor discovered in Argentina
Big raptor: Paleontologist Fernando Novas stands next to the Austroraptor
replica (AFP: Juan Mabromata)
The fossils of a newly discovered, meat-eating raptor dinosaur, one of the
biggest and perhaps most recent to live in Argentina's Patagonia region 70
million years ago, have been presented at a Buenos Aires museum.
The fossils of the dinosaur named "Austroraptor cabazai" were found at Bajo
de Santa Rosa, in Rio Negro province, which has already yielded several
species of herbivore dinosaurs, during paleontological digs funded by the US
National Geographic Society.
Measuring five metres in length with a long, flat cranium, short forearms,
and jaws full of sharp teeth, Austroraptor was among the largest of the
raptors, and belonged to the dromaeosaurids or birdlike dinosaurs that
walked on two legs, the most famous of which was the Velociraptor
The Austroraptor was found in rock formations dating to 70 million years'
ago, making it one of the last dinosaurs to walk in Patagonia before they
became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period 145 to 65 million years'
A plastic reproduction of the Austroraptor cabazai skeleton will be included
in an exhibit of Argentine dinosaurs to open next year in Europe.
The National Geographic expedition that discovered the fossils was led by
palaeontologist Fernando Novas, who made the presentation at Argentina's
Bernardino Rivadavia Museum of Natural History, in Buenos Aires.
Dr John D. Scanlon, FCD
Riversleigh Fossil Centre, Outback at Isa
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