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Temporal range: Late Cretaceous,
Reconstrucción Buitreraptor gonzalezorum.jpg
Reconstructed skeleton of the holotype MPCA 245 at the Carlos Ameghino Provincial Museum
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Clade: Saurischia
Clade: Theropoda
Family: Dromaeosauridae
Subfamily: Unenlagiinae
Genus: Buitreraptor
Makovicky et al. 2005
Type species
Buitreraptor gonzalezorum
Makovicky et al. 2005
Buitreraptor (front) and Deinonychus (behind) at the Field Museum of Natural History

Buitreraptor is a small dromaeosaur from the Cretaceous of Argentina. It was about four to five feet long (1.5 metres).

Buitreraptor has a slender, flat, extremely elongated snout. Its jaws have many small teeth which lack meat-tearing serrations or cutting edges. They are grooved, strongly recurved and flattened. This probably meant it ate quite small animals, like lizards and mammals.

Since its close relatives had feathers, it is likely that Buitreraptor also was feathered.

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