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PHILOVENATOR

a meat-eating troodontid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of China.
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: 646

Philovenator curriei

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".
Etymology
Philovenator is derived from "Phil Currie" (for Canadian paleontologist Dr. Philip J. Currie, for his contribution to the study of maniraptoran dinosaurs) and the Latin "venator" (hunter). The story goes; Phil loves hunting for dinosaur fossils, and as the name also recalls the combining form of the Greek "philein" (to love) the name was intended to mean "lover of the hunt". What it literally means, is "Phil Currie, love hunter". Massive props. The species epithet, curriei, also honors Phil Currie.
Discovery
The 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.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Campanian
Age range: 75-71 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 0.7 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 1.5 Kg
Diet: Carnivore
References
• Xu Xing, Zhao Ji, Corwin Sullivan, Tan Qing-Wei, Martin Sander and Ma Qing-Yu (2012) "The taxonomy of the troodontid IVPP V 10597 reconsidered".
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To cite this page:
Atkinson, L. "PHILOVENATOR :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
›. Web access: 20th Nov 2017.
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