Buitreraptor was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived in South America
the late Cretaceous period,
about 90 million years ago.
fossils were discovered
in the La Buitrera region of Patagonia in Argentina.
Buitreraptor was about 4 feet (1.2 meters) long. It had long legs and was probably
a fast runner, snaping up small prey using its long snout.
It also had large forward pointing eyes, and probably had binocular vision, which would
have been very useful when chasing its prey.
Although the currently known fossils
of Buitreraptor do not reveal if it had feathers, it is likely that it probably did.
"Buitreraptor" means "vulture thief". Additionally, the animal was discovered in a region of Patagonia, Argentina known as La Buitrera.
Buitreraptor was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Buitreraptor was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.
Buitreraptor was a Theropod - a member of a group of related bipedal dinosaurs that included the ancestors of birds (although Buitreraptor was not itself an ancestor of birds).
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