Pronunciation: fih-LOW-veh-NAY-tuhr Meaning: Lover of the hunt Author/s: Xu et al. (2012) Synonyms: None known First Discovery: Wulatehouqi, Nei Mongol Chart Position: 621
Philovenator is a troodontid that was originally described as a juvenile specimen of Saurornithoides mongoliensis, then 2012 research showed its remains—a partial hindlimb—to be closer to Linhevenator tani, raising the question of whether it was a juvenile of the latter species. Small as it is, Philovenator isn't a juvenile, dwarf or teeny-weeny-Tiny-Tim version of any known troodontid as it is totally unique in the proportions of its hindlimb elements. It's also the only critter (as far as we know) whose name combines "Phil Currie", "love" and "hunter".
EtymologyPhilovenator is derived from Canadian paleontologist Dr. Philip J. ("Phil") Currie, for his contribution to the study of maniraptoran dinosaurs, and the Latin "venator" (hunter). The story goes Phil loves hunting dinosaur fossils, and as the name also recalls the combining form of the Greek "philein" (to love) the name can literally mean "lover of the hunt". The species epithet, curriei, also honors Phil Currie.
DiscoveryThe remains of Philovenator were discovered in the Wulansuhai Formation, Bayn Mandhu, "North Canyon", Wulatehouqi, Nei Mongol (aka Inner Mongolia), China, by the China-Canada dinosaur project in 1988. The holotype (IVPP V 10597) is a partial left hindlimb.