Meet Murusraptor: The Newest Megaraptor Dinosaur

Posted: Jul 21 2016, 11:09am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Meet Murusraptor: The Newest Megaraptor Dinosaur
  • The Big Brother of the Megaraptor was a Giant Killer Dinosaur that outstripped the Velociraptors

The big brother of the megaraptor was a giant killer of a dinosaur that outstripped its puny cousins, the velociraptors.

It was a fierce monster. With claws that reached lengths of a foot each and a jawline arranged into serrated teeth that were very dangerous, the megaraptor left its puny cousins, the velociraptors far behind.

It had a length of 26 feet and probably made the raptors shown in the movie Jurassic Park look tame by comparison. Megaraptor was one big and mean old dinosaur that always liked to have its way.

It was exhumed from the depths in Argentina in 1998. Yet it seemed that this huge and fearsome beast had an even bigger version that would surprise everyone in the same manner as the joker in the pack of cards.

This novel form of megaraptor was found in Patagonia. Its serrated teeth were three inches long and were razor sharp. It has been named the Murusraptor barrosaensis.

This nomenclature was given to this behemoth due to the area where it was found. The Sierra Barrosa was the site where its buried fossils were unearthed from the subterranean depths.

It was most probably a therapod and had sickle-shaped claws on its feet and paws. It had a unique set of facial features though. Aerosteon and Orkoraptor were its nearest cousins on the dinosaur family tree.

Its lengthy hipbones made it a different creature from the megaraptor. The fossil of this creature probably belonged to a juvenile member. Inspite of the fact that it was just a teen, its length reached all the way upto 21 feet.

It most likely availed every opportunity to hunt down its prey in a vicious and fiendish manner. This baby was surrealistically dangerous to the core.

It was silent, sleek and deadly. Also its metabolism was way up there in the high figures. It could burn up what it devoured at a brisk pace. The creature ate meat and was a pure carnivore which was obvious from its teeth patterns and body shape.

There are hints that these bird-like dinosaurs may have had feathers on their bodies. The family tree of this bold and bloodthirsty beast includes the T. Rex which was the toughest and meanest of dinosaurs to reign during the Jurassic Period in prehistoric times.

This study regarding this giant beast was published in the journal PLOS ONE recently.

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