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Nykoraptors are fictional dinosaurs in Terra Nova.
In Terra Nova
One reappears in "Bylaw", attacking a soldier after being trapped inside a communications post. Having swallowed the soldier's tag, it then became the target of Commander Taylor's forces. However, it was not killed, but its stomach contents were removed while it was sedated and it was then patched up by Washington.
In "Bylaw", Nykoraptor was said to have three sets of incisors (front teeth) in its jaws, rather like a shark's multiple rows of teeth, and it was said to attack most anything it can catch. Its favored prey, according to Malcolm Wallace, are the gallusaurs, although it will also prey on the unhatched eggs of Ankylosaurus.
In "Nightfall", a pair of Nykoraptors pass beneath Maddy and Mark Reynolds, as they hide up in a tree. They are listed among various dinosaurs Reynolds says are repelled by a smelly mud-and-leaves combination as well as slasher dung. This suggests that they may be preyed on by slashers.
- This is the only creature to appear in "The Runaway".
- Nykoraptors have longer feathers on their arms, neck, and the end of their tail.
- Although difficult to see in many shots, Nykoraptors do have the enlarged "sickle claw" on their feet which is characteristic of dromaeosaurs, visible in the two shots below:
- In some shots like the ones below, Nykoraptors appear to have a dark section on the end of their tails, different in color from the rest of the tail and also from the feathers sticking out sideways from the back section of the tail. It's unclear whether this is differently-colored skin, differently-colored feathers, or possibly some kind of tail blade similar to that found in Acceraptor and a hocked tip on the tail.