Dromaeosaurus (name meaning "Swift Running Lizard") is a genus of dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur that originated during the Middle to Late Cretaceous in North America, living up to the last days of the dinosaurs.
This Dinosaur gives its name it to the entire family of the Dromaeosauridae, that being all of the 'Raptors'. It was around 2 meters long, similar to the close relation to this predator Velociraptor, which happened to be living at the same time on the other side of the world almost.
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Dromaeosaurus lived in North America during the Middle to Late Cretaceous period from 90–65 million years ago. It died out with the other dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous.
The first known Dromaeosaurus remains were discovered by paleontologist Barnum Brown during a 1914 expedition to Red Deer River on behalf of the American Museum of Natural History.
Dromaeosaurus was small compared to other members of its family. They stood 3–4 feet (1–1.4 m) tall at the hips, measured 6 feet (2 m) long, and weighed less then 45 kilograms (100 lbs). A part time scavenger of the Late Cretaceous, these predators were small but were members of the raptor family.
Dromaeosaurus was unique among other dromaeosaurs as, unlike other medium-sized dromaeosaurs such as Velociraptor, Dromaeosaurus had a short, massive skull, deep mandible, and robust teeth, which seem to be made for crushing and tearing meat due to the heavy wear marks on them.
It had a very stiff tail, like all dromaeosaurs, and it had a huge, sickle-like claw on its second toe, most likely used to stab the throat of its prey. It was the first non-dubious dromaeosaur found and is the type genus. It is closely related to such large dromaeosaurs as Utahraptor.
Behavior & TraitsEditLike all members of the raptor family, Dromaeosaurus hunted in packs, from numbers of as many 3-12 individuals. Using darkness, these pack hunters tried to unsettle herds of plant eating dinosaurs and isolate the youngsters, even herbivores as big as Torosaurus.
Even alone, a single Dromaeosaurus hunted other small dinosaurs and even tried to feed from T. rex nests.
- The sound effects of Dromaeosaurus are that of coyote growls as well as altered vulture sounds and lynx sounds.