Adasaurus mongoliensis

  • Pronounced:  A - dah - Sore - us

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Ada Lizard"

  • Length:  6 feet (2 m)

  • Height:  2 feet (.7 m)

  • Weight:  33 pounds (15 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 75 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Asia

Was Adasaurus a dinosaur or was it a bird?

Scientists believe that it had feathers, and that it was small and lightweight. It also had a killer claw like Velociraptor, but the claw was smaller.

What we do know from the few fossils that have been discovered so far, is that Adasaurus was a small, meat-eating dinosaur that was very lightweight and had many bird-like features. It has been placed in the same family as Velociraptor for now, but future discoveries may change that.

This small dinosaur adds fuel to the ever-growing debate surrounding dinosaurs and birds. Adasaurus has been described as being extremely similar to Archeopteryx. It has enough of the dromaeosaur characteristics to be placed in that family too, but the overall view of those types of raptors is evolving into their being referred to as bird-like dinosaurs, complete with feathers. Eventually, some members of that family may be reclassified as birds instead of dinosaurs.

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