Dromaeosaurus (Running lizard)
William Diller Matthew and Barnum Brown – 1922
Estimated around 6-7 feet in length
D. albertensis (type)
Canada, Alberta. USA, Montana
Late Cretaceous, 77-75 million years ago
Dromaeosaurus, meaning “running lizard,” is a genus of theropod dinosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous period, approximately 77 to 75 million years ago, in what is now North America.
Dromaeosaurus was a relatively small but ferocious predator, measuring around 6 to 7 feet in length and weighing up to 150 pounds. It had a long, slender body, powerful hindlimbs, and sharp claws on its feet, which it likely used to catch and kill its prey.
One of the most distinctive features of Dromaeosaurus was its curved, serrated teeth, which were perfectly adapted for tearing flesh. It had a long, stiff tail that helped it maintain balance and agility while chasing after its prey.
Dromaeosaurus was a member of the Dromaeosauridae family, which also includes other famous dinosaurs such as Velociraptor and Deinonychus. These dinosaurs were all characterized by their sharp claws and bird-like features, including feathers.
The discovery of Dromaeosaurus has helped to expand our understanding of the diversity and evolution of theropod dinosaurs during the Late Cretaceous period. Although it is not as well-known as some of its relatives, it remains a fascinating and important dinosaur for scientists and enthusiasts alike.