Newly discovered feathered dinosaur was one of the last known raptors
A feathered dinosaur with massive five inch claws has been discovered by scientists and it was one of the last raptor like dinosaurs before the mass-extinction.
The lightning quick beast had a whiplash-like tail which enabled it to hunt like a cheetah - today's fastest living land animal.
It was found by palaeontologists from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and named Dinebellator after the indigenous people.
Experts from the the State Museum of Pennsylvania have been studying the newly discovered species and say it was one of the 'last of the raptors'.
Dineobellator also had razor sharp teeth and unusually strong forelimbs and legs allowing it to rip its prey to bits, according to study author Steven Jasinski.
Dineobellator means 'Navajo Warrior' and the bird like raptor carrying the name was about three and a half feet tall and seven feet long with a big, powerful tail.
It was slightly larger than Velociraptor made famous by Jurassic Park but would have been even more terrifying, according to Jasinski.
He said: 'It would have been a bit longer than a wolf, but would have weighed less, about 50lbs, because it was lightly built for speed and agility.'
It would have used its crescent shaped claws, three on each foot, like talons to pounce on mammals, lizards, birds, fish - and other dinosaurs.
Dineobellator's remains were unearthed in the San Juan Basin, New Mexico - a well known dinosaur graveyard.
They included parts of the skull as well as the ribs, spine and leg ...
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