Name: Graciliraptor ‭(‬graceful thief.‭)‬.
Phonetic: Gray-sil-e-rap-tor.
Named By: X.‭ ‬Xu‭ & ‬X.-L.‭ ‬Wang‭ ‬-‭ ‬2004.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Dromaeosauroidea,‭ ‬Dromaeosauridae,‭ ‬Microraptoria.
Species: G.‭ ‬lujiatunensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Roughly estimated to be about‭ ‬90‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Liaoning Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Yixian Formation,‭ ‬Lujiatun Member.
Time period: Early Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Fragmentary maxilla‭ (‬main tooth earing bone of the upper jaw‭) ‬and partial post cranial skeleton.

       Though only known from fragmentary remains,‭ ‬Graciliraptor has been a key find for our understanding of dromaeosaurid dinosaurs as it represents one of the earliest known appearances of such a creature.‭ ‬At the time of its description in‭ ‬2004,‭ ‬Graciliraptor was considered to be a close relative of the famous Microraptor,‭ ‬and like Microraptor,‭ ‬Graciliraptor was of a small size and probably had an extensive covering of feathers in life.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new dromaeosaur‭ (‬Dinosauria:‭ ‬Theropoda‭) ‬from the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation of western Liaoning.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Vertebrata PalAsiatica‭ ‬42‭(‬2‭)‬:111-119.‭ ‬-‭ ‬X.‭ ‬Xu‭ & ‬X.-L.‭ ‬Wang‭ ‬-‭ ‬2004.


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