Koparion

Name: Koparion ‭(‬After an ancient version of a scalpel‭).
Phonetic: Koe-pah-re-on.
Named By: D.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Chure‭ ‬-‭ ‬1994.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Coelurosauria,‭ ‬Troodontidae.
Species: K.‭ ‬douglassi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Unavailable due to incomplete remains.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Utah‭ ‬-‭ ‬Morrison Formation.
Time period: Kimmeridgian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Teeth.

       The name Koparion is based upon the comparison of the serrated teeth‭ (‬currently the only known parts of this dinosaur‭) ‬to ancient versions of scalpels.‭ ‬Despite the lack of overall remains,‭ ‬Koparion is widely regarded as being a troodontid and if this is correct,‭ ‬it would be one of the if not the oldest troodontid currently known.‭ ‬There is counter speculation however that the Koparion teeth may be those of a different kind of dinosaur.‭
       It might seem unusual to name an animal genus based only upon teeth,‭ ‬but this has happened many times in the past.‭ ‬Koparion is also in good company for such precedence since the actual type genus of the Troodontidae Troodon was initially described and known only from teeth only to eventually have further and much more complete dinosaur fossils attributed to.‭ ‬This was possible due to the unique form of the teeth in question,‭ ‬and with Koparion having similar distinctive teeth,‭ ‬it may one day be possible to attribute further remains upon this basis.



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