Linhevenator

Name: Linhevenator ‭(‬Linhe hunter‭)‬.
Phonetic: Lin-he-ven-ah-tor.
Named By: Xing Xu,‭ ‬Qingwei Tan,‭ ‬Corwin Sullivan,‭ ‬Fenglu Han‭ & ‬Dong Xiao‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Maniraptora,‭ ‬Troodontidae.
Species: L.‭ ‬tani‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: About‭ ‬2‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Mongolia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bayan Mandahu Formation‭ (‬a.k.a.‭ ‬Wulansuhai Formation‭).
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull,‭ ‬mandible and partial post cranial skeleton,‭ ‬but of a weathered individual.

       Although weathered and not entirely complete,‭ ‬the holotype of Linhevenator is still one of the most complete Late Cretaceous troodontid individuals so far known.‭ ‬Linhevenator is towards the larger end of the known troodontid size range,‭ ‬but its main unique features are its small arms,‭ ‬each with a very robust humerus.‭ ‬This may have been an adaptation for a special purpose,‭ ‬such as digging to get at prey.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A Short-Armed Troodontid Dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of Inner Mongolia and Its Implications for Troodontid Evolution. -‭ ‬Xing Xu,‭ ‬Qingwei Tan,‭ ‬Corwin Sullivan,‭ ‬Fenglu Han‭ & ‬Dong Xiao‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.



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