Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Researchers say they've found the fossils of a stocky dragon that hunted what is now Romania some 70 million years ago.
In a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, they describe the new type of dinosaur as similar to the frightening Velociraptor, but with two sharp claws on each foot instead of one.
The fossils of "Balaur bondoc," which means "stocky dragon," show the creature to have been about 6 to 7 feet long, with a thicker build than the similarly sized Velociraptors found in China.
One dinosaur expert says Balaur "was probably more of a kickboxer than a sprinter," compared to Velociraptor and might have been able to take down animals larger than itself.
The Smithsonian's dinosaur curator calls the discovery a reminder "not to expect that we've found everything there is to find."