Name: Kol ‭(‬foot‭)‬.
Phonetic: Kol.
Named By: A.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Turner,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Nesbitt‭ & ‬M.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Norell‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Alvarezsauridae.
Species: K.‭ ‬ghuva‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Insectivore‭?
Size: Roughly about‭ ‬120‭ ‬centimetres long based upon scaling analysis of known fossils to more complete relative genera.
Known locations: Mongolia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Djadochta Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Single foot.

       So far at the time of writing the only known fossils of Kol are of a complete foot.‭ ‬This foot however is enough to identify Kol as an alvarezsaurid dinosaur,‭ ‬and one that was fairly big.‭ ‬The foot of the Kol holotype specimen is about twice the size of the foot of Shuvuuia,‭ ‬another genus of alvarezsaurid dinosaur from the same Djadochta Formation as Kol.‭ ‬If the remainder of Kol was in proportion with the rest of Shuvuuia,‭ ‬then Kol would have been roughly one hundred and twenty centimetres long given that Shuvuuia was about sixty centimetres long.‭ ‬This would mean that Kol was a fairly large alvarezsaur,‭ ‬though the type genus of the group Alvarezsaurus is estimated to have been up to two meters long.
       Kol ghuva is derived from the Mongolian words for‭ ‘‬foot‭’ ‬and‭ ‘‬beautiful‭'‬,‭ ‬and a full translation to English grants the name as‭ ‘‬beautiful foot‭’‬.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A Large Alvarezsaurid from the Cretaceous of Mongolia.‭ ‬-‭ ‬American Museum Novitates‭ ‬3648:‭ ‬1‭–‬14.‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Turner,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Nesbitt‭ & ‬M.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Norell‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.


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