Meaning - Megaraptor means “huge robber”
Length - 20-26 feet (6-8 m) long
|WHEN IT LIVED||
Late Cretaceous period, about 90-84 million years ago
|WHERE IT LIVED||
Fossils have been found in the Rio Neuquen Rock Formation, Sierra del Portezuelo, Province of Neuquen, Argentina, South America.
Megaraptor remains were found in 1996 in Northwest Patagonia, Argentina, by paleontologist Fernando E. Novas. Only a few toe and leg bones have been found, including a sickle-claw 14 inch (35 cm) long.
Megaraptor was a large, terrifying late Cretaceous predator with two enormous, sickle-like toe claws . It was a huge, lightly built, fast-moving, agile, bipedal (walked on two legs), bird-like dinosaur. It had a curved, flexible neck, and a big head with sharp, serrated teeth in very powerful jaws.
The second toe on each foot had a 14 inch (35 cm) sickle-like claw and the other toes had smaller claws. When alive, this claw would have been sheathed in a horny, keratinous material much like our fingernails, making the claw even bigger, longer and sharper.