Fukuiraptor kitadeniensis

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Source: http://www005.upp.so-net.ne.jp/JurassicGallery/page4.htm

NameFukuiraptor kitadeniensis

Name Meaning: Fukui thief

First Described: 2000

Described By: Azuma & Currie

ClassificationDinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Averostra, Tetanurae, Orionides, Avetheropoda, Carnosauria, Allosauroidea, Allosauria, Neovenatoridae 

Fukuiraptor, besides having a somewhat amusing name, is a fairly enigmatic dinosaur. It was found in the Kitadani Formation of Fukui Prefecture, Honshu Island, Japan. It lived in the Barremian stage of the early Cretaceous, about 128 million years ago. it was not big, it was only 4.2 meters long, but this size might be the size of a juvenile. It is only known from a single specimen and when it was discovered one of its hand claws was put on the foot as a killer claw, giving it its raptor name, when it is not a maniraptor in the slightest. It is also possible that it was a tyrannosauroid, making it a coelurosaur rather than a carnosaur. Thus the actual classification is up for debate. 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukuiraptor

http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/species/f/fukuiraptor.html

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