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Unless you're planning to raid its nest, you shouldn't let this creatures imposing size worry you. Gigantoraptor may be fiercely protective of its brood, but it's much more a caregiver than a fighter. Don't get me wrong -- this theropod will use its sharp claws and surprising speed to defend its young when threatened. But Gigantoraptor has a soft heart for young ones -- it'll even take the orphaned babies of rival species.


Now for the bad news: to my knowledge, no one's been able to figure out how to tame an adult Gigantoraptor -- its unique disposition seems resistant to behavioral conditioning. However, survivors bolder than me were able to sneak into nests to win the trust of their young, and they claim that reward is well worth the risk. Once matured to adulthood, your tamed Gigantoraptor will happily look after any of your tribe's young creatures, nurturing them and teaching how to fight. It can even use its call to help you find orphaned baby animals out in the wild. If you bring those orphans home, then your Gigantoraptor will happily add them to its brood.

Real World Creature Description

Gigantoraptor: The Gigantic Ostrich-like Dinosaur

Few creatures from the Mesozoic Era capture the imagination quite like the Gigantoraptor. With a name that translates to "giant seizer", this dinosaur is one of the most fascinating and peculiar discoveries in the realm of paleontology. While its name might make you think of the titanic Tyrannosaurus rex or other massive theropods, the Gigantoraptor's unique morphology and lifestyle set it apart. In this article, we will delve into the mysteries of the Gigantoraptor, exploring its discovery, its characteristics, and its significance in the evolutionary narrative.

Discovery of Gigantoraptor

The first evidence of Gigantoraptor came to light in 2005, from the Erlian Basin in Inner Mongolia, China. A nearly complete skeleton was unearthed by a team led by Xu Xing, a preeminent Chinese paleontologist. The fossil find was surprising because of its sheer size in comparison to other theropods from the same region and period.

Physical Characteristics

The Gigantoraptor stood roughly 5 meters (16 feet) tall and was estimated to weigh around 1.4 tonnes. What is remarkable about this dinosaur is that despite its size, it wasn't the apex predator that its name might suggest. In fact, Gigantoraptor was an oviraptorosaur, a group of feathered theropods. Most oviraptorosaurs were small, often no bigger than a turkey. This makes the size of Gigantoraptor truly exceptional within its group.

Interestingly, while the Gigantoraptor is believed to have been feathered, its exact plumage remains speculative due to a lack of direct fossil evidence. It likely had a beak, but unlike many of its smaller oviraptorosaur cousins, it did not have a head crest.

*iet and Behavior

Based on its physical features and its close relatives, Gigantoraptor is believed to have been omnivorous. While smaller oviraptorosaurs were likely herbivorous or omnivorous, the size and build of Gigantoraptor suggest it could tackle a broader range of foods, perhaps even small animals.

Regarding its behavior, one significant discovery stands out. In 2008, a gigantic oviraptorosaur nest was found, believed to be that of Gigantoraptor. This nest provided crucial insights into the reproductive behavior of these dinosaurs. The nest had circular patterns of eggs, suggesting that the dinosaur might have incubated its eggs in a manner similar to modern birds.

Evolutionary Significance

The discovery of Gigantoraptor adds another layer of complexity to our understanding of theropod evolution. It suggests that gigantic size wasn't exclusive to carnivorous dinosaurs and that there was considerable morphological diversity within the oviraptorosaur group.

Furthermore, the presumed feathered nature of Gigantoraptor, coupled with its bird-like reproductive behaviors, strengthens the link between theropod dinosaurs and modern birds. It serves as another reminder of the rich tapestry of evolutionary adaptations that have occurred over millions of years.


Gigantoraptor is a testament to the wonders of evolution and the unpredictability of the fossil record. Every new discovery reshapes our understanding of life in the ancient world. The Gigantoraptor stands tall, not just in stature, but also in its contribution to our ever-growing appreciation of the Mesozoic world. Its story, like that of so many other extinct creatures, reminds us of the rich biodiversity of our planet's past and the unending potential for discovery in the realm of paleontology.

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