The complete skeleton fossil of a previously undiscovered dinosaur species has been found intact in north China. The team’s leading scientist Xu Xing said the new species is called linheraptor exquisitus, and is the latest one found in the Dromaeosauridae family of the carnivorous theropod dinosaurs that lived about 80 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period.
The fossil of the dinosaur was one of the world’s most well-preserved specimen of small predator dinosaurs that lived during that period, said Xu, a research fellow with the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
English News.cn reports the find is about 2.5 meters long. Weighing 25 kg, the dinosaur would have been a fast and agile predator and, like other dromaeosaurids, possessed large "killing claws."