a meat-eating coelurosaurian theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of France.
Le Loeuff et al.
(The Mechin's Var River Plunderer)Etymology
is derived from Latin "Var" (for the Var River and the administrative department of Var where it was discovered) and "raptor" (plunderer, snatcher robber or thief).
The species epithet
, honours its discoverers (see below).
The remains of Variraptor
were discovered in the Grès à Reptiles Formation at La Bastide Neuve, Fox-Amphoux, Var, France, by amateur paleontologists Patrick Méchin and Annie Méchin-Salessy between 1992 and 1995.
consists of a back vertebra (MDE-D168), a sacrum with five fused vertebrae (MDE-D169), and a later-referred ilium (CM-645). Other referred material includes a right humerus (MDE-D158), a back vertebra (MDE-DOI), a tail vertebra (??), a thighbone (MDE -D49), and several teeth, ribs and claws.
: Late Cretaceous
: 73-67 mya
Est. max. length
: 2 meters
Est. max. hip height
Est. max. weight
: 30 Kg
• Le Loeuff J, Buffetaut E, Méchin P, Méchin-Salessy A (1992) "The first record of dromaeosaurid dinosaurs (Saurischia, Theropoda) in the Maastrichtian of southern Europe: palaeobiogeographical implications". Bull. Soc. Géol. France, 163, no.3, pages 337-343.
• Le Loeuff J and Buffetaut E (1998) "A new dromaeosaurid theropod from the Upper Cretaceous of Southern France". Oryctos, Vol.1, Pages 105-111.
• Allain R and Taquet P (2000) "A new genus of Dromaeosauridae (Dinosauria, Theropoda) from the Upper Cretaceous of France". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 20(2):404–407. [coins Pyroraptor.]
• Chanthasit P and Buffetaut E (2009) "New data on the Dromaeosauridae (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Late Cretaceous of southern France". Bulletin de la Societe Geologique de France 180(2):145-154.
• Rauhut O (2000) "The interrelationships and evolution of basal theropods (Dinosauria, Saurischia)". Special Papers in Palaeontology, No.69.
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