Raptor-like dinosaur discovered in eastern Utah
POSTED: Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 9:12pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 10:29am
SALT LAKE CITY — A small, feathered raptor-like dinosaur thought to be 125 million years old has been discovered in eastern Utah, scientists announced Thursday.
The Geminiraptor suarezarum was bipedal and, like other raptors, had a large head. Most of the known raptors discovered in North America date to between 72 million and 75 million years ago, which makes the discovery the oldest reported specimen of its kind.
"They were fast, they were smart, they had big eyes and very dexterous hands," said James Kirkland, a paleontologist with the Utah Geological Survey.
It was the eighth new species of dinosaurs discovered in Utah this year. Seven of those were found on federal land.