STL Science Center

STL Science Center

28 September 2017

Popular Tiny Dromaeosaurs

In 2007 Mahakala was popular for a brief time and heralded as a news story celebrating an interesting new building block of evolution. Mahakala was never popular as a dinosaur for being a dinosaur in the media, unlike animals like Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops. Measuring in at just over 2 ft of solid muscle and predatory fierceness, Mahakala was an interesting and tiny dinosaur that certainly warrants more attention than decade old news stories that amount to little more than two minutes of reading or air time. Its small size was, and still is, heralded as an evolutionary step in the direction of the miniaturization that preceded true birds within the paravian clade; another trait that warrants more popularity in the general knowledge of dinosaurs (and birds).
©Jaime Headden Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

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