“I love the Pyroraptors. I love the Atrociraptors. There’s a little one called the Moros intrepidus, who doesn’t do a ton in the movie, but whenever it shows up, I always love it.”
– Random reporter
Dryptosaurus is a primitive tyrannosaur type of dinosaur that roamed the Earth during the middle Maastrichtian stage of the Late Cretaceous period, around 67 million years ago.
According to the discovered fossils the Dryptosaurus seems to have had relatively long arms compared to the Tyrannosaurus, and the hands are believed to have had three fingers.
Each finger was equipped by a eagle like 8 inch claw.
Dryptosaurus was the only large carnivore known in eastern North America before the discovery of Appalachiosaurus in 2005. During that time Dryptosaurus was classified in a number of theropod families.
Originally considered a megalosaurid by Cope, it was later assigned to its own family (Dryptosauridae) by Marsh, and later found (through phylogenetic studies of the 1990s) to be a coelurosaur, though its exact placement within that group remained uncertain.
The discovery of the closely related (and more complete) Appalachiosaurus made it clear that Dryptosaurus was a primitive tyrannosauroid
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2.5 meters (8 feet)
7.5 metres (25 ft)
1.5 to 1.7 tons (3000 lb)