Utahraptor was a large, scary mid-Cretaceous predator with 9-15 inch long middle-toe claws. It was a lightly built, fast-moving, agile, bipedal, bird-like dinosaur. It had a curved, flexible neck and a big head. Sharp, serrated teeth for tearing into the meat it ate and a very powerful jaw. Each of its three fingers on each arm had large, sharp, curved claw for catching and then holding onto prey.
The Name Utahraptor
Meaning – Utahraptor means “Robber from Utah”
Named By – James I. Kirkland, Robert Gaston, and Donald Burge
When Named – 1993
What did the Utahraptor Eat?
The Utahraptor was a carnivor meaning it ate meat.
How Big Was the Utahraptor?
Length – 16-23 feet long
Height – About 6 ft tall at the hips
Weight – Close to 1 ton
When Did the Utahraptor Live?
Cretaceous period, about 125 million years ago
Where Did the Utahraptor Live?
Where Have Fossils from the Utahraptor Been Found?
A fragmentary skeleton was found, including sharp hand and foot claws.
What Was the Classification of the Utahraptor?
Species U. ostrummaysorum