Newly Named Raptor is Close Cousin To Velociraptor

Newly Named Raptor is Close Cousin To Velociraptor

Freshly named and now on display, a new raptor species discovered in Montana lived alongside Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops.

A brand new species of dinosaur went on display at the Royal Ontario Museum on Monday, December 16. Originally discovered by an American private collector in Hell Creek, Montana, the new raptor species got a name and a display case thanks to paleontologist David Evans, who recognized the find as a part of a rare specimen. Acheroraptor temertyorum, as it has now been named, was a small, meat-eating dinosaur much like the Velociraptor we know and love. Teeth from the new species have been identified for decades, but the discovery of jawbones in Montana was needed to allow paleontologists to determine how the species fit into the dinosaur family tree.

Covered in feathers and probably about the size of a Great Dane, Acheroraptor lived in western North American between 67 to 66 million years ago, sharing space with Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. Velociraptor, in comparison, was about the size of a German Shepard and lived in Asia. After a three year review of the jaw bones, paleontologists concluded that Acheroraptor was more closely related to raptor species living in Asia than older North American species. This means that it's likely that Asian raptor species were migrating over to North America towards the end of the Cretaceous period and influencing things like the length of their North American cousins' snouts. Neither of these species are quite what we think of when we say raptor, however, because the iconic Jurassic Park versions are based on artists' renderings of the larger and meaner Deinonychus.

The museum has produced a few artists' renderings of the new species, and Acheroraptor certainly doesn't look like the kind of dinosaur you would want to meet in a dark jungle or a theme park's kitchen. No information has been provided on whether or not they could open doors, of course.

Source: Evans Lab via Toronto Star

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It's official: feathered dinosaurs are now the new cutest prehistoric creatures. Just look at it's little teeth :-)

this is such a cute animal, i wouldn't mind having one in my kitchen. would probably not get along well with my neighbors dog, but sacrifices have to be made in the name of cuteness ... er science :-)

Neat! ...And strangely adorable. I think it's the feathers... go figure.

CAPTCHA: Sneezing baby panda - also cute!

So raptors are now adorable and t-rexes now look like confused old men? I'm going to miss the days when dinosaurs were intimidating lizard monsters, but the cuteness almost makes up for it.

LifeCharacter:
So raptors are now adorable and t-rexes now look like confused old men? I'm going to miss the days when dinosaurs were intimidating lizard monsters, but the cuteness almost makes up for it.

I still think they look a bit intimidating.

(From the Australian Museum's dinosaur exhibition)

A creature the size of a Great Dane and sharp serrated set of teeth that look like they can rip flesh clean off bone?
Yeah cute... if it doesn't want to eat you.

If I want a pet, I'll go for a small dog or a cat, not some monster.

I wonder what Philosoraptor thinks of this, and how far removed he is from this "cousin". Always folk comin' round wantin' in on the family money claimin' they're "cousin's" and such... I shoulda listened to ma' when she said jus' slit 'em down the belly and watch them writhe in agony...

Evil Smurf:
If I want a pet, I'll go for a small dog or a cat, not some monster.

It's not a monster.

If anything your dog or cat is just as vicious a killer as any dromeosaur.

Funny. The most evil, vicious and accomplished killers are also our favorite pets.

I'll be handling these guys, or their relatives, in the 3rd year of my course, can't wait!

I'm glad that Jurassic Park's 'artistic liberties' are common knowledge now, here's something for English veiwers though, 'Walking with Dinosaurs', lies, ALL LIES!!!

MrFalconfly:

Evil Smurf:
If I want a pet, I'll go for a small dog or a cat, not some monster.

It's not a monster.

If anything your dog or cat is just as vicious a killer as any dromeosaur.

Funny. The most evil, vicious and accomplished killers are also our favorite pets.

KITTEH won't kill me though.

Loving the amount of new paleo discoveries recently, means more walking with dino style documentaries can be made down the line(even if they take a heck of alot of liberties for the sake of making things more dramatic).

I wonder if Jurassic World will use any of the newer dino's though?

Evil Smurf:

MrFalconfly:

Evil Smurf:
If I want a pet, I'll go for a small dog or a cat, not some monster.

It's not a monster.

If anything your dog or cat is just as vicious a killer as any dromeosaur.

Funny. The most evil, vicious and accomplished killers are also our favorite pets.

KITTEH won't kill me though.

Neither will the raptor if it thinks you're part of it's "pack" (or flock, it's basically just a flightless, beakless, supersized falcon).

Do you have birds (budgerigars, parrots, cockatoo)? Or maybe you've seen falcons used for hunting?

A raptor would be the same deal.

MrFalconfly:

Evil Smurf:

MrFalconfly:

It's not a monster.

If anything your dog or cat is just as vicious a killer as any dromeosaur.

Funny. The most evil, vicious and accomplished killers are also our favorite pets.

KITTEH won't kill me though.

Neither will the raptor if it thinks you're part of it's "pack" (or flock, it's basically just a flightless, beakless, supersized falcon).

Do you have birds (budgerigars, parrots, cockatoo)? Or maybe you've seen falcons used for hunting?

A raptor would be the same deal.

does that mean you can go falconering with a raptor?

Evil Smurf:

MrFalconfly:

Evil Smurf:
KITTEH won't kill me though.

Neither will the raptor if it thinks you're part of it's "pack" (or flock, it's basically just a flightless, beakless, supersized falcon).

Do you have birds (budgerigars, parrots, cockatoo)? Or maybe you've seen falcons used for hunting?

A raptor would be the same deal.

does that mean you can go falconering with a raptor?

Well. If raptors still lived they could be used for some kind of ground-bound falconering.

I mean birds are just small, beaked dinosaurs. The rest is just a case of training (most animals can be trained).

Damn. Now I want to see how falconering with a raptor would look.

 

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