(also dromaeosaur /ˈdrōmēəˌsôr/)
A carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of a late Cretaceous family that included deinonychus and the velociraptors. They had a large slashing claw on each hind foot.
- Family Dromaeosauridae, suborder Theropoda, order Saurischia.
- We know that it is a dromaeosaur, a theropod and relative of Velociraptor.
- This southern radiation parallels the spread of small theropods such as the dromaeosaurids, or ‘raptors,’ through the Northern Hemisphere during the same time period.
- Popular Science reviews the discovery of a well-preserved fossil of the ‘feathered’ dinosaur known as a dromaeosaur.
1970s: from modern Latin Dromaeosauridae, based on Greek dromaios 'swift-running' + sauros 'lizard'.
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