Bambiraptor (Bambi thief)
Bambiraptor (Bambi thief)
Named By : David Burnham, Kraig Derstler, Phil Currie, Robert Bakker, Zhou Zhonge & John Ostrom - 2000
Diet : Carnivore
Size : Estimated 90cm long
Type of Dinosaur : Small Theropod
Type Species : B. feinbergi (type)
Found in : USA, Montana, Glacier National Park - Two Medicine Foundation
When it Lived : Late Cretaceous, 84-71 million years ago
Bambiraptor is an Late Cretaceous, 72-million-year-old, bird-like theropod dinosaur that was discovered by scientists from the University of Kansas, Yale University as well as at the University of New Orleans.
The holotype fossil is smaller than one meter long however, this specimen is believed to be a juvenile and it’s possible that Bambiraptor is an adult Saurornitholestes. Due to its small size the specimen was given the name Bambiraptor feinbergi to honor the well-known Disney film characters (the name literally means “Bambi thief”) and the surname of the family that purchased and loaned this specimen to the brand new Graves Museum of Natural History in Florida.
The Bambiraptor Skeletal remains were found in the year 1993 by a 14-year-old boy who was a researcher Wes Linster, who was hunting for dinosaur bones along with his parents in Glacier National Park in Montana, United States. Linster stated in Time magazine that he uncovered the skeleton in a hill mountain and was astonished by the discovery. “I bolted down the hill to get my mom because I knew I shouldn’t be messing with it”, Linster said. The bones Linster discovered on the hill resulted in the discovery of a skeleton nearly 95 % complete. Due to its totality, Florida Paleontology Institute Director Martin Shugar said it was comparable with the Rosetta Stone that enabled archaeologists to translate Egyptian hieroglyphics. Yale paleontologist John Ostrom, who reintroduced the concept of bird evolution from dinosaurs following the 1964 find in the Wyoming region of Deinonychus in Wyoming He was in agreement, calling the bone an “jewel”, and telling reporters that the totality and integrity of the bones will assist scientists in understanding the link between birds and dinosaurs.
The fossil was first identified to be the denizens of Saurornitholestes and was later described in 1997 as belonging to the Velociraptor sp. In 2000, it was identified as well as described by David Burnham, Kraig Derstler, Phil Currie, Robert Bakker, Zhou Zhonge and John Ostrom as a separate species: Bambiraptor feinbergi. The name of the species is derived from Bambi in reference to the youthful age of the specimen as well as a Latin raptorwhich means “seizer”. The epithet is specifically a tribute to Michael Feinberg and Ann Feinberg who acquired the specimen from the fossilized poacher, and made it accessible to scientists. In 2000, George Olshevsky suggested the emended epithet “feinbergorum”, the plural of genitive. It was adopted by a few authors, but these emendations are not allowed to be used by ICZN.
The Holotype specimen AMNH FR 3055 (previously AMNH 001 and FIP 001, often incorrectly identified as AMNH FR 555) discovered within the layers in the Upper Two Medicine Formation dating to the late Campanian. It is now housed at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. It comprises an articulated, partially complete skull of a young person. While the right-hand part of the skeleton has been damaged, the majority of bones are well-preserved and uncompressed. The tail’s end is not present. Additionally, a paratype was identified at the end of 2000. FIP 022-136. It consists of 34 skeletal components from at least two adult people located near the Holotype. In 2004, an lower jawbone was identified to the species, specimen MOR 553S-7-30-91-274.
Although adult specimens are available however only the specimen of type is a juvenile specimen that is known. The juvenile Bambiraptor has a conserved length of 90 cm (3.0 feet) and an estimated length of 1 centimetre. It may have weighed just two kilograms (4.4 lbs). In 2010, Gregory S. Paul estimated the length of an adult to be 1.3 meters (4.3 feet) and the weight was five kilograms. It was long in hindlimbs which suggests it might be a fast-running running. It also had extremely long arms as well as a very developed wishbone.