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Pyroraptor
A New Meat-Eating Dinosaur Found in France
July 22, 2000

Pyroraptor is a newly-discovered meat-eating dinosaur. A very incomplete skeleton of this deinonychosaur (an advanced theropod) was found in France. Pyroraptor means "fire thief"; it was given this name because it was found after a forest fire. Pyroraptor was named by Allain and Taquet in 2000.

Pyroraptor was a meat-eating dinosaur that lived during the late Cretaceous period. The type species is P. olympius. Pyroraptor may be the same as Variraptor (another recent find from France).

Other Fossils Found in France
(Including dinosaurs, plesiosaurs, pterosaurs, and ichthyosaurs; * = not a dinosaur.)
Aepisasaurus, Compsognathus, Dacentrurus, Erectopus, Grallator, Hypselosaurus, Lexovisaurus, Liopleurodon*, Megalosaurus, Morinosaurus, Muraenosaurus*, Neosodon, Nqwebasaurus, Opthalmosaurus*, Pelorosaurus, Pistosaurus*, Piveteausaurus, Plateosaurus, Poekilopleuron, Pterodactylus*, Pyroraptor, Rhabdodon, Tarascosaurus, Telmatosaurus, Teinurosaurus, Variraptor.

RELATED LINKS
Pages on close relatives, Deinonychus, Utahraptor, and Velociraptor.

All about the raptors, the dromaeosaurids.

The meat-eating dinosaurs, the theropods, and dinosaur diets.

Creatures and climate of the Cretaceous period.

Other fossils found in France and Europe.

A chart of geological time.




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