Paleontology Newsflash: Dineobellator hesperonotus

Science has added another beast to the ‘raptor clan, and by “beast” I do mean BEAST. Enter Dineobellator hesperonotus, the “Navajo Warrior of the Southwest,” a seven foot long member of the velociraptorine family that lived in New Mexico during the latest Cretaceous. Though the skeleton consists of just a few badly broken pieces, these fossils reveal enough features to tell us a few interesting things about the species.