Scientists Discover Biggest Known ‘Megaraptor’

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If you’ve seen Jurassic Park, you know how scary velociraptors are — and even if you haven’t, they were dinosaurs with really sharp teeth, so that alone is pretty scary. Their saving grace, though, was how short they were; the common raptor came up to an average person’s knees.

That is, until scientists discovered a “megaraptor” that is the super-sized version of the raptor.

The fossil remains of this raptor, scientifically known as Murusraptor barrosaensis, were discovered in 2000. It took University of Alberta paleontologist Philip Currie and his team until recently, however, to completely analyze and categorize this beast.

Currie said in a statement, “This is a super-cool specimen from a very enigmatic family of big dinosaurs.”

“Because we have most of the skeleton in a single entity, it really helps consolidate their relationships to other animals,” he continued. “Other animals” refer to the megaraptor’s other raptor cousins.

Megaraptors fall in the “medium-sized” category, so they were not as big as the likes of the T-Rex. That does not mean that they were not dangerous. They measured over 26 feet long, and because their hip bones were filled with air — much like modern birds — they were swift.

Not only that, but megaraptors reportedly had 12-inch long claws and razor-sharp teeth that were 3.5 inches long.

While terrifying, we have comfort knowing we will never meet this carnivore face-to-face. This discovery is also exciting, and shows we still have so much to learn about prehistoric times.

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