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meaning: "Southern thief"
Named By: Novas, Pol, Canale, Porfiri & Calvo in 2008
Time Period: Late Cretaceous, 70 Ma
Location: Argentina, Rio Negro Province - Allen Formation
Size: 5 meters long, skull 80 centimetres long
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Partial skull including fragmentary post cranial remains of the cervical and dorsal vertebrae, fore and hind limb
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Dinosauria | Saurischia | Theropoda | Dromaeosauridae | Unenlagiinae |

Austroraptor ( AW-stroh-RAP-tar) is an extinct genus of dromaeosaurid dinosaur that lived about 70 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period in what is now modern Argentina. Austroraptor was a medium sized, moderately-built, ground-dwelling, bipedal carnivore, that could grow up to 5 m (16.4 ft) long. Its length makes Austroraptor one of the largest dromaeosaurids known, with only Achillobator, Dakotaraptor, and Utahraptor approaching or surpassing it in length. It is the largest dromaeosaur to be discovered in the Southern Hemisphere. Particularly notable about the taxon were its relatively short forearms, much shorter in proportion when compared to the majority of the members of its group.

Read more about Austroraptor at Wikipedia
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