Dakotaraptor is an extinct genus of dromaeosaurs known from partial skeletons unearthed in South Dakota, USA. Its fossils have been found in the Maastrichtian-age Hell Creek Formation, dated to the very end of the Cretaceous period, making it one of the last surviving dromeosaurids. It's a playable dinosaur in Saurian.


A common misconception is that Dakotaraptor has beaten Utahraptor as the largest dromaeosaurid, but this is untrue. Utahraptor was 7 metres (23 ft) and 500 kg (1,100 lbs), while Dakotaraptor was 6 metres (19.6 ft) and 453 kg (1,000 lbs) but were on a simlar scale.

The fossils discovered in South Dakota show tiny “quill knobs” on the lower arm bones, suggesting Dakotaraptor had feathers all over the body, including wings on its arms.
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A study of the known fossils of Dakotaraptor show that in body‭ ‬proportions‭ ‬this genus was actually more like genera such as Deinonychus and Dromaeosaurus than it was Utahraptor,‭ ‬making a direct link between Dakotaraptor and Utahraptor unlikely. Curiously, they were built less like a Utahraptor it was more like a small raptor and was lightly.  

Dakotaraptor is the second dromaeosaurid dinosaur known from the Hell Creek Formation,‭ ‬with the first being the much smaller Acheroraptor.‭ ‬The only predator known to have been around at the same time and location and also be bigger than Dakotaraptor is the mighty Tyrannosaurus.‭ ‬Possible prey dinosaurs for Dakotaraptor could include anything from ceratopsian dinosaurs such as Triceratops and Leptoceratops,‭ ‬ankylosaurs and nodosaurs such as Ankylosaurus and Denversaurus,‭ ‬pachycephalosaurs such as Pachycephalosaurus,‭ ‬and hadrosaurs and‭ ‬ornithopods such as Anatosaurus and Thescelosaurus.

A recent study seemed to show that the wishbones of Dakotaraptor may actually belong to an extinct genus of turtles: Axestemys splendida. If this was true, Dakotaraptor would've no longer have been a valid genus, and merely a Chimaera between a theropod dinosaur and a turtle. However, this is dubious at best, as there may be new papers confirming that Dakotaraptor was indeed a valid genus 

In Saurian Edit

Dakotaraptor is a playable dinosaur.

The coloration of Dakotaraptor changes as it grows, but throughout its life it is fully feathered, save for its snout. As a fully grown adult, its feather coloration is brown, white and grey, along with yellow along the bottom of its feet.


For a more complete gallery, visit Dakotaraptor/Gallery