Named By: Xu Xing et al. - 2010.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Deinonychosauria, Dromaeosauridae, Velociraptorinae.
Species: L. exquisitus (type).
Size: 1.8 meters long.
Known locations: Mongolia - Wulansuhai Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Single almost complete skeleton.
seem to have been one of the most
important types of dinosaur in Asia during the Late Cretaceous as
evidenced by the ever growing number of remains and genera.
Linheraptor was similar in form to most others such
and it may have lived and hunted in pretty much the same way as them,
principally using the enlarged sickle-shaped claws on their second
toes as their main killing weapons. In depth analysis of these
dinosaurs has revealed that Linheraptor is probably
related to the dinosaur Tsaagan.
Linheraptor is a reference to the Linhe district of Mongolia where the holotype remains were found (another dinosaur named after this district is Linhenykus). The species name L. exquisitus is in recognition of the exceptionally well preserved remains of the holotype.
- A new dromaeosaurid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Upper Cretaceous Wulansuhai Formation of Inner Mongolia, China. - Zootaxa 2403:1-9. - X. Xu, J. N. Choiniere, M. Pittman, Q. Tan, D. Xiao, Z. Li, J. M. Clark, M. A. Norell, D. W. E. Hone & C. Sullivan - 2010.
- The taxonomic status of the Late Cretaceous dromaeosaurid Linheraptor exquisitus and its implications for dromaeosaurid systematics. - Vertebrata PalAsiatica. 53 (1): 29–62. - Xu Xing, Michael Pittman, Corwin Sullivan, Jonah N. Choiniere, Qing Wei Tan, James M. Clark, Mark A. Norell & Wang Shuo - 2015.