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Sinraptor
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Sinraptor as it appears in Planet Dinosaur, eating an Epidexipteryx.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
clade: Carnosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Infraorder: Dinosauria
Superfamily: Allosauroidae
Family: Metriacanthosauridae
Subfamily: Metriacanthosaurinae
Type species
Sinraptor dongi
Currie and Zhao, 1994
Referred species

'Sinraptor is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Late Jurassic. The name Sinraptor comes from the Latin suffix. "Sino", meaning "Chinese", and "Raptor" meaning "Thief". The specific name dongi honours Dong Zhiming. Despite its name, Sinraptor is not related to dromaeosaurids (often nicknamed "raptors") like Velociraptor. It probably even hunted the largest dinosaur to walk on Asia;Manmenchisaurus.

DiscoveryEdit

The holotype specimen of Sinraptor was uncovered from the Shishugou Formation during a joint Chinese/Canadian expedition to the northwestern Chinese desert in 1987, and described by Philip J. Currie and Xian Zhao in 1994. Standing nearly 3 meters tall (10 ft) and measuring roughly 7.6 meters (25 ft) in length, two species of Sinraptor have been named. S. dongi, the type species
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Two Sinraptor attacking Shunosaurus attacking Dinosaur Revolution.

, was described by Currie and Zhao in 1994. A second species, originally named Yangchuanosaurus hepingensis by Gao in 1992, may actually represent a second species of Sinraptor. Whether or not this is the case, Sinraptor and Yangchuanosaurus were close relatives, and are classified together in the family Sinraptoridae. The skeleton of Sinraptor hepingensis (formerly referred to Yangchuanosaurus) is on display at the Zigong Dinosaur Museum, Zigong , China.

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