Parts of the fossilized skeleton of a large carnivorous dinosaur with razor-sharp claws and sharp, jagged teeth that once roamed the plains of South America and Australia in front of millions of Years have been excavated in Argentina, according to researchers
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The newly discovered Tratayenia Rosalesi was part of Englisch: bio-pro.de/en/region/ulm/magazin/05202/index.html She was a menacing top predator who lived about 85 million years ago during the late Cretaceous, as revealed by a study in Cretaceous Research earlier this month.
She grew to over 30 feet long with strong and well muscled front legs, which are tipped from gigantic claws, like meat hooks, at the innermost two fingers of each hand.
Study co-leader Matt Lamanna with Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Natural History's help in a statement released on Thursday that the dinosaur used his claws to subdue his prey.
"Megaraptorid claws are the stuff of nightmares ̵
Scientists discovered the remains of the mysterious dinosaur in Patagonia.
"Not many megaraptorides are known, so we thought the new fossil would provide important information about these enigmatic robbers," said study co-author Domenica dos Santos from the Museum of Natural Sciences at the National University of Comahue in Argentina
The new megaraptoid is also considered one of the youngest and deadliest dinosaurs to survive until the end of the dinosaur era.
"It was one of the last megaraptorids to live on our planet and one of the largest for its time," said senior study leader Juan Porfiri, coordinator of the Museum of Natural Sciences at the National University of Comahue, told Live Science.
Carnegie Museum of Natural Scientists History says that they still know very little about the new megaraptoids and that there is much to learn about these poorly understood dinosaurs.
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