Meaning: Utah’s Predator
Period: 68-65 Million Years Ago, Late Cretaceous period
Discovered: Dalton Wells Quarry and Gaston Quarry, near Moab, Grand County, Utah, USA
Height: 6.5 feet
Length: 23 feet
Weight: 1 tons
Diet: Meat eater
Utahraptor (YOU-tah-WRAP-tore) had a large, curved “killing claw” that was covered with a sheath of keratin (the same substance that makes up your skin and fingernails). With the sheath, this claw could have reached a terrifying 9.4 inches long, or more!
According to fossil remains found in central Utah, the Utahraptor was the alpha predator of the Early Cretaceous, approcimately 124 million years ago.