Named By: X. Xu, J. Choiniere, Q.-W. Tan, R. B. J. Benson, J. Clark, C. Sullivan, Q. Zhao, F.-L. Han, Q.-Y. Ma, Y.-M. He, S. Wang, H. Xing & L. Tan. - 2018.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Alvarezsauroidea.
Species: B. wulatensis (type).
Known locations: China, Inner Mongolia - Bayin-Gobi Formation.
Time period: Albian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains.
genus of alvarezsaurid
dinosaur that lived in Asia during the early
Cretaceous. The overall lack of fossil remains at the time of its
description makes it hard to ascertain details about Bannykus, though
the size of the leg bones alone suggest that Bannykus
was among the
larger known alvarezsaurs.
- Two early Cretaceous fossils document transitional stages in alvarezsaurian dinosaur evolution. - Current Biology 28:2853-2860. - X. Xu, J. Choiniere, Q.-W. Tan, R. B. J. Benson, J. Clark, C. Sullivan, Q. Zhao, F.-L. Han, Q.-Y. Ma, Y.-M. He, S. Wang, H. Xing & L. Tan. - 2018.