The fearsome Utahraptor, first found in Utah in case you didn’t know, resembles a large feathered Velocirpator, only much bigger. Roaming the Earth during the Early Cretaceous period around 125 million years ago, the Utahraptor could grow up to twenty-three feet long and six feet tall at the hip. It is believed this carnivore is one of the dinosaurs related, after much downsizing, to today’s birds. From an exhibit at the Brevard Zoo.
The Diabloceratops is a large herbivore dinosaur with an exquisitely detailed head shield and horns seen here on display at the Brevard Zoo. Note the newly hatched young runs running around the nest under their mother’s watchful eye. Found in Utah, this dinosaur lived during the Cretaceous period in a much wetter, more forested environment than exists in Utah today.