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Press Release 10-158

"Stocky Dragon" Dinosaur Terrorized Late Cretaceous Europe

Balaur bondoc used extendable claws to attack and tear apart prey

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Photo of the fossilized hindlimb of Balaur bondoc.

The fossilized hindlimb of Balaur bondoc shows the double-sickle claws of the foot, one of 20 unique features found on the animal, which lived on a Late Cretaceous island in what is now Europe.

Credit: Mick Ellison


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Lead author Zoltan Csiki of the University of Bucharest and co-author Mark Norell of the American Museum of Natural History describe the new dinosaur Balaur bondoc, and how it was found, in an audio call-in program with NSF.

Credit: National Science Foundation

 

A reconstruction showing the skeletal anatomy of Balaur bondoc.

A reconstruction shows the skeletal anatomy of Balaur bondoc. While only a few bones exist, they reveal a great deal about the organism, and represent one of the most complete predatory dinosaur skeletons from the middle to Late Cretaceous of Europe.

Credit: Mick Ellison; Zoltan Csiki; Matyas Vremir; Stephan Brusatte; Mark Norell; AMNH


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