This Saturday I have an amazing creature for you all. It’s another dinosaur, but this one is a theropod. Dear reader, this is a post about the Utahraptor!
The Utahraptor is as mentioned a theropod dinosaur, it belongs to the group dromaeosauridae which counts more known dinosaurs such as the velociraptor. It lived during the Cretaceous the last of the 3 periods that represents Mesozoicum, the age of the dinosaurs. The Utahraptor got its name after it was discovered in the state of Utah in the USA in 1991. Its full name roughly means Utah’s predator.
The Utahraptor is basically a Velociraptor on steroids. Imagine a velociraptor atleast 7 meters long covered in feathers. That’s the Utahraptor. Imagine seeing one of these guys in the Cretacious period, it must have been surreal. I mean it must’ve looked like a giant mutated predatory chicken! And to think about some Paleontologist think that the Tyrannosaurus might also have had feathers, oh wow…
The Utahraptor isn’t a very well known dinosaur. It has had some appearances in TV though. Perhaps it is most known for being in the British documentary Walking With Dinosaurs where it is depicted as a big scaly creature hunting Iguanodons. The Utahraptor is depicted a bit inaccurate though, because like I stated previously it had feathers, but the show is from 1999 and the fact that some dinosaurs had feathers is something that is still pretty new to science!