16 September 2011
The Running Lizard
Dromaeosaurus fit into a much needed niche of a small dominant predator. Surely Albertosaurus and Tyrannosaurus had the market covered on large predators at the time but every animal needs the danger of predation at every stage of life in the natural world and Dromaeosaurus was very good at endangering both smaller juveniles and infants as well as full grown adults of animals, thanks to pack hunting doctrines, in the more heavily wooded areas where a large predator could not go. Built for a fair amount of speed Dromaeosaurs could also chase down some of the fleeter footed prey of the age as well. Dromaeosaurus wasn't just dangerous from its feet and hands, it also had a bite three times as powerful as its smaller cousin Velociraptor, making it deadlier all around and indicating that the claws on feet and hand were not as important as the mouth of Dromaeosaurus.