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Fukuiraptor (meaning “Fukui Thief”) is a genus of neovenatorid or tyrannosauroid from the Early Cretaceous of Japan. When first unearthed, it was thought to be a dromaeosaurid. The type species is F. kitadaniensis, described ┬áby Azuma and Currie in 2000. Its holotype specimen was only about 14 feet(4.3 meters) long, showing it to be a juvenile. Later studies have shown that it was an adult as juvenile specimens were smaller. Some scientists theorize that, like most tyrannosauroids (if Fukuiraptor was a tyrannosauroid), it may having followed a short time being small as an adult to growing fast to full size.

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