is a 75 million year old bird-like dinosaur
recently discovered by scientists at the University of Kansas,
Yale University, and the University of New Orleans. When
living, the negligible specimen would have stood no more
than three feet off the ground, although this animal appears
to be a juvenile. Because of its size and gentle appearance,
it was christened Bambiraptor feinbergi, after the familiar
Disney movie nature and the surname of the wealthy family
who bought and donated the sample to the new Graves Museum
of Natural History in Florida. Bambiraptor feinbergi fossil is found at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.
The Bambiraptor skeleton was exposed in 1995 by 14-year-old fossil hunter
Wes Linster, who was looking for dinosaur bones with his parents near
Glacier National Park in Montana. Linster told Time publication that he
uncovered the skeleton on a tall hill and was amazed at his discovery.
"I bolted downhill the hill to get my mom because I knew I shouldn't
be messing with it", he said. The bones that Linster discovered on
that hilltop led to the excavation of a skeleton that was around 95 percent
complete. Because of its wholeness Florida Paleontology Institute Director
Martin Sugar compared it to the 'Rosetta Stone', the stone tablet that
enabled archaeologists to translate ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.
paleontologist John Ostrom, who reintroduced the theory of dinosaur-bird
evolution with his 1964 discovery of Deinonychus in Wyoming, decided,
calling the specimen a "jewel", and telling reporters that the
wholeness and undistorted qualities of the bones should help scientists
further understand the dinosaur-bird link.