The position of Balaur relative to other bird-like dinosaurs and early birds has been difficult to determine.
The initial phylogenetic analysis placed Balaur bondoc closest to the Asiatic mainland dromaeosaurid species Velociraptor mongoliensis.
Unlike other early members of the group Paraves, which includes Velociraptor, Troodon, and Archaeopteryx, this theropod had not just one but two large, retractable, sickle-shaped claws on each foot, and its limbs were proportionally shorter and heavier than those of its relatives.
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Balaur bondoc is a species of theropod dinosaur which lived in what is now Romania during the late Cretaceous period.
It is the first reasonably complete and well-preserved theropod from the Late Cretaceous of Europe.
Balaur had re-evolved a functional first toe used to support its weight, which bore a large claw that could be hyperextended.