Name: Dracovenator ‭(‬Dragon hunter‭)‬.
Phonetic: Dray-ko-ven-ah-tor.
Named By: A.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Yates‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Dilophosauridae.
Species: D.‭ ‬regenti‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of more complete remains,‭ ‬but roughly estimated about‭ ‬5.5‭ ‬to‭ ‬6.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: South Africa‭ ‬-‭ ‬Elliot Formation.
Time period: Hettangian-Sinemurian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Skull fragments including parts of the maxilla,‭ ‬the premaxilla and part of a mandible‭ (‬lower jaw‭)‬.

       Although pieced together and described from very incomplete skull material,‭ ‬Dracovenator has been identified as being similar to Dilophosaurus.‭ ‬With this in mind the‭ ‬2006‭ ‬description of Dracovenator saw it classified as a dilphosaurid and related to Dilophosaurus from North America,‭ ‬and Zupaysaurus from South America,‭ ‬though not‭ ‬all palaeontologists are convinced about the assessment of Zupaysaurus as a dilophosaurid. Dracovenator may have hunted sauropodomorph dinosaurs such as Massospondylus as well as early ornithischians such as Lesothosaurus.

Further reading
- A new theropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic of South Africa and its implications for the early evolution of theropods - Palaeontologia Africana 41:105-122 -‭ ‬A.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Yates‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.


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