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|A female Gigantoraptor.|
|Home time period||Cretaceous|
|Creature type||Theropod dinosaur|
The Great Survivors
Gigantoraptor was an oviraptorid theropod dinosaur from Late Cretaceous Mongolia. It was the largest oviraptorid dinosaur ever to live.
Gigantoraptor is shown as having a short, simple covering of feathers on most of it's body. But on it's arms and tail are black and white (though this is not proven) feathers fanning out, and it used to attract a mate and threaten enemies and other Gigantoraptor. It is shown with long claws on it's feet and has a large beaked head with a bony palate in it's beak, to attack it's enemies and maybe crush eggs. Females are duller coloured then the males.
Gigantoraptor probably ate what most Oviraptorids consumed:
- Eggs of other dinosaurs
- Small dinosaurs like troodontids
- Small reptiles, like lizards
- Plant life and vegetation
- Carcasses of dead animals
- Young dinosaurs
As of 18th March 2012 there is no evidence of Gigantoraptor being adorned with feathers. They were too heavy to fly. But since their close relatives usually have feathers covering their bodies, and ornamental feathers on their arms and tails, it is safe to suggest Gigantoraptor had this too, like it's relatives and Epidexipteryx to attract and to threaten.
In Planet Dinosaur
Gigantoraptor appears on the episode Feathered Dragons. One kills an adult female Saurornithoides. It wanders off to a flock of Gigantoraptor and competes with another Gigantoraptor over a mate. eventully one male fights off the other after a short duel.
It reappears in the episode The Great Survivors were it fights off some Alectrosaurus and Oviraptors that were after its eggs. Later, a sandstorm kicked up and an avalanch of sand poured down from the mountain behind it and suffocated it, which killed it.
- See also: Pictures of Gigantoraptor