Bambiraptor was a vicious meat-eating dinosaur that came from the group of dinosaurs known as Dromaeosaurs. It had feathers similar to modern-day birds. 

Key Facts

Bambiraptor pronunciationBAM-bee-rap-tor
What does Bambiraptor mean?Bambi thief
Dinosaur typeTheropod
On the menuCarnivore
Length3′ (0.9 meters)
Height12’ (0.3 meters)
Weight7 lbs (3.1 kg)
Life expectancy12 years to 15 years
Legs used to get aroundBipedal
Estimated top speedUnknown, but it is assumed to have been fast
When they lived70  to 72 million years ago
Where they have been found?North America.

When & Where 

Lived in the Late Cretaceous Period around 70  to 72 million years ago.

In August of 1994, a 14-year-old boy named Wes Linster discovered the bones of a Bambiraptor buried on a ranch in Montana, Glacier National Park. His discovery prompted the excavation of the Bambiraptor. Because of the dinosaur’s small size, the Linsters’ called it “Bambi” which later gave it its name.

Size & Weight

With almost bird-like features the Bambiraptor measured around 3’ (0.9 meters) in length, about 1’ foot tall (0.3 meters) and weighed around 7 lbs (3 kg). 

Mobility & Diet

Bambiraptor was an upright walking meat-eating dinosaur that often hunted small animals like birds, reptiles and other small dinosaurs.

Interesting Points

  • It could run as fast as a chicken.
  • Had feathers but they couldn’t fly since their arms were too short to be used as wings.
  • One species of this genus is the Bambiraptor feinbergi.
  • Hunted in packs to defend themselves against bigger prey.

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