“Mmm there’s certainly something special about this one… a ‘je ne sais quoi’. It’s a Pyroraptor. Had it not been for a forest fire sweeping through Southern France, our little feathered friend may have gone undiscovered… and my life insurance would be just that little bit cheaper!”
– Cabot Finch
Pyroraptor is the first positively identified member of the dromaeosaurid (raptor) family found in Europe. This was a small, fast hunter that lived near the end of the age of dinosaurs. The specimen is known from only a few bones (which were discovered after a forest fire), but they are enough to give scientists a good idea of what this little dinosaur would have looked like. Some paleontologists believe it would have closely resembled the small, bird-like dinosaurs recently discovered in China.
Pyroraptor was found associated with fossils representing a number of other creatures, including the iguanodont Rhabdodon, a nodosaur, a titanosaur, a ceratopsian, the abelisaurid Tarascosaurus and some Late Cretaceous reptiles.
The origin of the dromaeosaurs has long been debated. A number of prominent scientists believe they originated in North America, possibly the area that was adjacent to Europe in the very Early Cretaceous.
There has been scientific debate whether Pyroraptor is a juvenile specimen of another dromaeosaur that lived alongside it, Variraptor, although the two dromaeosaur species had differing ulnas. There is also debate on which subfamily Pyroraptor belonged to within dromaeosauridae; some have classified it as a dromaeosaurine, velociraptorine, or a unenlagiine (a subfamily of dromaeosaurids sometimes classified to be their own distinct group closer to birds). However, this currently remains unclear until more specimens are discovered.
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