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Eoraptor Dinosaur Quick Facts For Kids

Eoraptor was a lightweight predator, much like modern-day birds. Its teeth were suited for eating small animals such as lizards and worms. This small predator dinosaur was constructed much like later larger predator dinosaurs such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex, with small forelegs and large hind legs allowing it to walk and run bipedally.

The name Eoraptor

Eoraptor means “Dawn plunderer” and Paul Sereno, Forster, Rogers, and Monetta in 1993.

What did the Eoraptor eat?

The Eoraptor was strictly a carnivore and ate fish and small animals

How big was the Eoraptor?

The Eoraptor was a tiny dinosaur compared to the others and only measured 3 ft long and 1 ft tall at the hips.

When did the Eoraptor live?

The Eoraptor lived in the late Triassic period, about 228 million years ago.

Where did the Eoraptor live?

Scientists believe that the Eoraptor lived in northwestern Argentina in the Ischigualasto Formation, Valley of the Moon, and Ischigualsto-Villa Union Basin.

Where have fossils for the Eoraptor been found?

Archeologists have found many almost complete skeletons, which gave them more insight into what the Eoraptor looked like, how big it was, and where it lived.

What is the classification of the Eoraptor?

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Archosauria
Order Saurischia
Suborder Theropoda
Genus Eoraptor
Species E. lunensis

Interesting facts about the Eoraptor

Eoraptor is one of the earliest known dinosaurs. Eoraptor was a small and had light, hollow bones, a long head with dozens of small, sharp teeth for tearing though its small prey, and five fingers for holding the small animals it captured.