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The Dwarf dromaeosaur, also known as the mini raptors by the narrator, are dwarf maniraptorans that appear in "Pod's Travels". The Dwarf dromaeosaur's lifestyle seems to be exactly like that of Pyroraptor, although it is shown to be much more aggressive, possibly due to their smaller size as an effect of more limited food supply in Hateg Island, where they are shown living.

In Dinosaur PlanetEdit

"Pod's Travels"Edit

The dwarf dromaeosaurs first appear on a beach, scaring off a flock of Ichthyornis from the unconscious Pod. Before they could eat him, a pack of Allodaposuchus attempted to steal the carcass. Once Pod wakes up he accidentally manages to scare everything else away. Pod later encounters the pack again and attempts to join them, however they once again flee from him due to his much larger size. The pack are last seen hunting a dwarf Rhabdodon, with Pod choosing not to join the hunt.

Errors Edit

  • Like many theropods in the show, the Dwarf Dromaeosaur possess downward facing hands instead of grasping ones.
  • They are shown to be hunting a Rhabdodon however due to their size they would probably be better suited to hunting smaller organisms such as lizards or insects. They also take it down inaccurately by slashing and dicing it with their claws when in real life they most likely used their claws to hang on to their prey and let the teeth do the kill.

TriviaEdit

  • In 2019, paleontologist Scott Sampson, who was the Palaeontology Segment host for Dinosaur Planet, confirmed that the dwarf species living on Hațeg Island in the episode were based on as of then undescribed species of dinosaur, meaning that the mini raptors are representative of some genus. However, the exact genus is unknown.
  • In 2010, the theropod Balaur bondoc was discovered, an unusual dromaeosaurid dinosaur that possessed two fingered hands and two sickle-claws on each foot. They are the closest animal these dromaeosaurs could be. However this is unlikely the case since the Dromaeosaurs are far smaller than Pod and Balaur bondoc is actually similarly sized if not larger than a Pyroraptor and that the Dwarf Dromaeosaurs have one extra finger on each hand and one less toe claw than Balaur Bondoc did.
  • The coloring of the two subordinate Dwarf Dromaeosaur somewhat resembles that of a Monk Parakeet.
  • Aside from the size and color they are the exact model used for the Pyroraptor.
  • Their sound effects are higher pitched and sped up versions of the Pyroraptor/Velociraptor sound effects

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