Bambiraptor was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived in North America during
the late Cretaceous period,
about 75 million years ago.
Bambiraptor was very small for a dinosaur. It was probably only about 2¼ feet (0.7 meters) long, stood
perhaps only 1 foot (0.3 meters) above the ground, and weighed something in the region of 4½ pounds (2 kilograms).
However, it is possible that the fossils
so far found are from a juvenile animal, and it could have been somewhat larger than these figures./
Bambiraptor is believed to have feed on small mammals and lizards. Its hands could probably reach its mouth,
and it may have grabbed its prey and brought them to its mouth in this way.
Generally speaking, it was a very bird-like animal, and was probably covered in feathers. It also
had a well-developed wishbone, and a relatively large brain (the largest known for any dinosaur as
compared to its body size) - it may have been as smart as some modern birds. There is also
some speculation that it may have led an arboreal (living in trees) lifestyle.
"Bambiraptor" means "Bambi thief" ("Bambi" refers to the Disney character).
Bambiraptor was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Bambiraptor was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.
Bambiraptor was a Theropod - a member of a group of related bipedal dinosaurs that included the ancestors of birds (although Bambiraptor was not itself an ancestor of birds).
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