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.‭

Further reading
- Koparion douglassi, a new dinosaur from the Morrison Formation (Upper Jurassic) of Dinosaur National Monument; the oldest troodontid (Theropoda: Maniraptora). - Brigham Young University Geology Studies 40:11-15. - D. J. Chure - 1994.


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