Geminiraptor

Name: Geminiraptor (Twins thief).
Phonetic: Gem-e-ny-rap-tore.
Named By: Phil Senter, James I. Kirkland, John Bird & Jeff A. Bartlett - 2010.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Troodontoidea, Troodontidae.
Species: G. suarezarum (type).
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of post cranial remains.
Known locations: USA, Utah - Cedar Mountain Formation, Yellow Cat member.
Time period: Barremian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial maxilla.

       Although only described from a partial maxilla, Geminiraptor has still been a significant discovery since it was the first troodont dinosaur known to have lived in early Cretaceous North America. The name Geminiraptor was established to honour Celina and Marina Suarez, twin sisters and the geologists who discovered the Geminiraptor holotype specimen.

Further reading
- A New Troodontid Theropod Dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of Utah. - PLoS ONE 5 (12): e14329 - Phil Senter, James I. Kirkland, John Bird & Jeff A. Bartlett - 2010.




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