(pronounced BAM-be-RAP-tor) Bambiraptor (also known as Bambi) was
a juvenile coelurosaur, an advanced theropod (meat-eating dinosaur).
This small predator was originally thought to be a juvenile Velociraptor
or perhaps Saurornitholestes langstoni. It was a small, fast, meat-eating
dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the late Cretaceous period. Bambiraptor
was about 3 feet (1 m) long and may have weighed about 7 pounds
(3 kg). It had a deadly, sickle-shaped toe claw on the second toe
of its foot. Bambiraptor was found in the upper Two Medicine Formation,
Montana, USA. The nearly complete, fossilized skeleton was found
in a dinosaur bonebed, near a Maiasaura skull. Bambiraptor was named
by Burnham, Derstler, Currie, Bakker, Zhou, and Ostrom, 2000. The
type species is Bambiraptor feinbergi.