Day 05: A late dinosaur, from Romania some 70 million years ago, Balaur bondoc is an interesting one. It seems to have come from an island, and shows signs of island dwarfism. It had big, retractable claws on its feet (two on each foot, whereas most of its relatives only had one). Despite that, it appears to have been omnivorous rather than especially fighty, and some palaeontologists have suggested that it might even have been herbivorous, which was rare amongst the therapods. Trapped on an island, it may well have had to adapt to suit its surroundings, so omnivory seems like a good bet.


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