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ALBERTAVENATOR

a meat-eating troodontid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Canada.
Pronunciation: al-BURR-tuh-vuh-NAY-tuhr
Meaning: Alberta hunter
Author/s: Evans et al. (2017)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Alberta, Canada
Chart Position: 783

Albertavenator curriei

(Currie's Alberta hunter)Etymology
Albertavenator is derived from "Alberta" (the Canadian province where it was discovered) and the Latin "venator" (hunter).
The species epithet, curriei, honors Canadian palaeontologist Phillip Currie, in recognition of his many years of ground-breaking dinosaur research in Alberta.
Discovery
The remains of Albertavenator were discovered in the Horsethief Member of the Horseshoe Canyon Formation, Red Deer River Valley, Alberta, Canada, in the early 1990s.
The holotype (TMP 1993.105.0001) amounts to two partial skull bones that were stored away at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, under the assumption that they belonged to Troodon formosus. However, their shape and size suggests they belong to a much shorter and more robust skull. Palaeontologists suspect a lower jawbone with teeth from the same area may belong to this species too. But even without it, Albertavenator owns the only troodontid skull material from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation, and some of the most diagnostic troodontid material from the entire Maastrichtian period of North America.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Maastrichtian
Age range: 71-66 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Carnivore
References
• Evans DC, Cullen TM, Larson DW and Rego A (2017) "A new species of troodontid theropod (Dinosauria: Maniraptora) from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation (Maastrichtian) of Alberta, Canada". Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences (advance online publication).
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Atkinson, L. "ALBERTAVENATOR :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
›. Web access: 25th Nov 2017.
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