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POWELLVENATOR

a carnivorous coelophysoid theropod dinosaur from the Late Triassic of Argentina.
Pronunciation: POW-uhl-vuh-NAY-tuhr
Meaning: Powell's hunter
Author/s: Ezcurra MD (2017)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Rioja, Argentina
Chart Position: 813

Powellvenator podocitus

Aside from Lucianovenator from the Marayes-El Carrizal Basin, Powellvenator podocitus represents the only coelophysoid theropod dinosaur known from South America.
(Powell's Fast Hunter)Etymology
Powellvenator is derived from "powell" (for Argentine paleontologist Jaime Eduardo Powell) and the Latin "venator" (hunter). Born in Córdoba on the 13th of January 1953, Powell passed on the 1st of February 2016, aged 63. The species epithet, podocitus, is derived from the Latin "pope" (foot) and the Latin "citius" (fast). Bearing in mind Powellvenator had two feet, a more accurate epithet would have been "pedocitius" (fast feet).
Discovery
The first remains of Powellvenator were discovered in the Los Colorados Formation (Ischigualasto-Villa Unión Basin) of Rioja Province, northwestern Argentina, by José Fernando Bonaparte. The holotype (??) is a pair of hind legs that Boneparte collected and assigned, undescribed, to the pseudosuchian Riojasuchus tenuisceps.
Referred material includes a specimen that Bonaparte interpreted as an indeterminate coelurosaur with possible coelophysoid affinities in 1972.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Triassic
Stage: Norian
Age range: 227-209 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Carnivore
References
• Ezcurra MD (2017) "A new early coelophysoid neotheropod from the Late Triassic of northwestern Argentina". Ameghiniana (advance online publication) doi:10.5710/AMGH.04.08.2017.3100.
• Bonaparte JF (1972) "Los tetrápodos del sector Superior de la Formación Los Colorados. La Rioja, Argentina, (Triásico Superior) Parte I". Opera Lilloana 22 : 1-183
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Atkinson, L. "POWELLVENATOR :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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