A small dinosaur in the same group as Deinonychus, Velociraptor, and (the perhaps mythical) Utahraptor. It is by far the smallest genus in this group (known as Dromeosaurs).

The type specimen was nick-named "Bambi" by the children of the the amateur paleontologist couple who discovered it. The name stuck when it came time to formally describe the specimen.

One thing that makes Bambiraptor stand out, besides its small size and Disneyesque name, is how incredibly bird-like it is. It has long been speculated that Dromeosaurs are in fact what we would call birds, albeit flightless ones. Incredibly, Bambiraptor has more avian characteristics than the world-famous Archaeopteryx.

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