Possible New Raptor Species Fossil Found

An illustration by Project Exploration released by the University of Chicago shows a dinosaur named Kryptops palaios, or "old hidden face," because of a horny covering over its face. (AP/University of Chicago)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A rare and nearly complete dinosaur
skeleton stolen from private property in Montana and stored in an
evidence locker for more than two years has been turned over to
researchers.

Scientists at the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research
in South Dakota say the 70-million-year-old turkey-sized predator
could be a new species of raptor.

Researchers say it's unusual to find the skeleton of a
meat-eating dinosaur, and especially one that's so small.

The commercial fossil hunter who dug up the dinosaur removed it
without the knowledge or permission of the property owners. After
his conviction in state and federal court, the fossil was returned
to the property owners who then sent it to the institute in South
Dakota.


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