13-foot dinosaur raptor bones unveiled

Apr 05, 2006

Five years after their discovery, the bones of a 7-foot-tall, 13-foot long new raptor dinosaur have been unveiled at the University of Utah.

The creature was also armed with sickle-like claws and covered with feathers, and date back 75 million years, said Scott Sampson, chief curator of the Utah Museum of Natural History.

Only about 7 percent of the fossil was recovered, but included the feet, and were enough to allow reconstruction and show the raptor was about twice as large as most other species of the variety, Sampson told the Salt Lake City Deseret.

The name "Hagryphus giganteus" means "giant four-footed, bird-like god of the western desert," said Lindsay Zanno, a graduate student at the university who named it and is the lead author of a paper describing the animal.

The paper was published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Radar search to find lost Aboriginal burial site

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Giant Raptor Dinosaur Discovered in Utah Monument

Apr 03, 2006

Scientists from the University of Utah and the Utah Museum of Natural History have discovered the remains of a new bird-like, meat-eating dinosaur in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM), southern ...

Recommended for you

P90X? Why consumers choose high-effort products

1 hour ago

Stuck in traffic? On hold for what seems like an eternity? Consumers often face situations that undermine their feelings of control. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, when a person's sense of con ...

Overdoing it: Multiple perspectives confuse consumers

2 hours ago

Television commercials for luxury vehicles pack a lot in their 30-second running times: the camera offers quick shots of the soft leather upholstery, the shiny colors, the state-of-the-art entertainment system, ...

User comments : 0