Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
Pyroraptor olympius as it appeared in Discovery's Dinosaur Planet
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Theropoda
Genus: Pyroraptor
Allain & Taquet, 2000
Species: P. olympius
Binomial name
Pyroraptor olympius
Allain & Taquet, 2000

Pyroraptor was a dromaeosaur, a small, bird-like predatory theropod that possessed enlarged curved, slashing claws on the second toe of each foot. Each of these claws were 6.5 centimeters (2.5 in) long. The first and only identified specimen was found in the south of France, in Provence, and is known only from a few bones, named Pyroraptor olympius by Allain and Taquet in 2000. The name means "Mount Olympus fire thief", because its remains were discovered after a forest fire. The type specimen consists of the distinctive foot claws, as well as fossilized teeth, arm and back bones. It lived during the Cretaceous, 70 million years ago.


Jurassic World: The Game Pyroraptor

In popular cultureEdit

  • Pyroraptor was featured in one episode of the television program Dinosaur Planet, in which an individual Pyroraptor named "Pod" is swept onto an island dominated by dwarf members of familiar dinosaur families.
  • Pyroraptor is featured in Jurassic World: The Game. While it is accurately portrayed with a coat of feathers, it is shown inaccurately to be able to pronate it's hands.