Ceratonykus

Name: Ceratonykus ‭(‬Horned claw‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ce-rat-on-y-kus.
Named By: V.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Alifanov‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬Barsbold‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Alvarezsauridae.
Species: C.‭ ‬oculatus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Insectivore‭?
Size: Estimated‭ ‬1.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Mongolia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Barun Goyot Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains.

       Although based upon incomplete remains,‭ ‬Ceratonykus is known to have been one of the alvarezsaurs.‭ ‬Other alvarezsaurs from the same formation include Parvicursor and possibly Mononykus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Ceratonykus oculatus gen.‭ ‬et sp.‭ ‬nov.,‭ ‬a new dinosaur‭ (? ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Alvarezsauria‭) ‬from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Paleontological Journal‭ ‬43‭(‬1‭)‬:94-106.‭ ‬-‭ ‬V.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Alifanov‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬Barsbold‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.



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