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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Theropoda
  (unranked) Coelurosauria
  Infraorder Deinonychosauria
  Family Dromaeosauridae
  Genus Utahraptor
Utahraptor was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived in North America during the early Cretaceous period, between about 132 and 119 million years ago. Its name, was chosen in reflection of the fact that it was discovered in the Cedar Mountain Formation in Grand County, Utah.

Utahraptor was about 21 feet (6 meters) long, about 6½ feet (2 meters) tall, and probably weighed around 1,500 pounds (700 kilograms).

Utahraptor's most formidable weapon was the hige curved claws on its hind feet. Older reconstructions of the animal generally depict as being featherless, or with perhaps a crest of a few feathers. Today however, there the view that this animal would have been covered in feathers is increasingly accepted.


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Utahraptor was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 132 to 119 million years ago

Utahraptor was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 132 to 119 million years ago

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Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Utahraptor:
  1. Utahraptor was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. "Utahraptor" means "Utah predator" The name refers to the US state of Utah, where the creature was discovered.

  3. Utahraptor was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Utahraptor was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  4. Utahraptor was a Theropod - a member of a group of related bipedal dinosaurs that included the ancestors of birds (although Utahraptor was not itself an ancestor of birds).

  5. Utahraptor lived between about 132 million years ago and 119 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period.

  6. Utahraptor lived in North America. As its name suggests, its fossils were first found in the US state of Utah.

  7. Utahraptor was a carnivore (meat-eater).

  8. Utahraptor was about 21 feet (6.5 meters) long, and 6½ feet (2 meters) tall.

  9. Utahraptor weighed probably about 1,500 pounds (700 kilograms).

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