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5.4" Dromaeosaurid Raptor Fossil Rib Bone Cretaceous Dinosaur Hell Creek MT COA


Location: Hell Creek Formation, Montana (Private Land Origin)

Weight: 5.4 Ounces 

Fossil Dimensions: 5.4 Inches Long, 4.2 Inches Wide, 1.2 Inches Thick

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The Hell Creek Formation, located in Montana, is renowned for its rich fossil deposits, particularly for the dinosaurs that roamed the area during the late Cretaceous period. Among these dinosaurs were the raptors, a group of agile and intelligent predators that are popularly known for their appearances in films like “Jurassic Park.”

Dromaeosaurid Raptor Dinosaurs in the Hell Creek Formation

There are several species of raptor dinosaurs that have been discovered in the Hell Creek Formation. These include:

  • Dakotaraptor steini: This species is one of the largest known raptors, with an estimated length of 17 to 24 feet. It is believed to have been a formidable predator with sharp claws and teeth.
  • Saurornitholestes langstoni: This smaller raptor species was about 6 feet long and was likely a swift runner. Its diet probably consisted of small mammals, lizards, and birds.
  • Bambiraptor feinbergi: This species was relatively small, with a length of about 3 feet. It had large eyes and was likely an opportunistic predator that hunted small animals.
  • Acheroraptor temertyorum: This species is known from a single specimen found in the Hell Creek Formation. It was a medium-sized raptor with powerful legs and sharp claws.

Characteristics of Dromaeosaurid Raptor Dinosaurs

Raptor dinosaurs are characterized by their large eyes, sharp claws, and teeth. They had highly developed brains and were likely among the most intelligent dinosaurs. Many species had feathers, suggesting they may have been capable of some form of flight or at least gliding. Their agility and speed made them effective predators.

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