Rapator ornitholestoides

  • Pronounced:  Rap-ah-tore

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "One Who Raids"

  • Length:  26 feet (8 m)

  • Height:  12 feet ( 3.8 m)

  • Weight:  1 ton (450 kilos)

  • Time:  Early Cretaceous - 110 mya

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Australia

Rapator was a large meat-eater from Australia - maybe. To date, only one hand bone has been found, but it is enough for scientists to determine the basic type of dinosaur from which the bone came. This is a good example of how a little clue can provide a lot of information. Rapator was probably about as large as Allosaurus  but it isn't known if they were related.

Australia is not known for its dinosaur discoveries, so Rapator represents a rare and interesting bit of prehistory. It has been suggested that Rapator was a large ornitholestid, a carnosaur, or even a very large bird-like dinosaur. Some have envisioned this creature as feathered and belonging to the alvarezsauria.

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