Named By: J-C Lu, L. Xu, X.-L.Zhang, Q. Ji, S.-H. Jia, W.-Y. Hu, J.-M. Zhang, & Y.-H. Wu - 2007.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Dromaeosauridae.
Species: L. henanensis (type).
Known locations: China, Henan Province - Qiupa Formation.
Time period: Late (Campanian?) Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Teeth and partial post cranial remains.
can go down in palaeontological history as the first Asian
dromaeosaurid found outside of the Gobi Desert. Beyond this however
the partial remains of the holotype make it hard to establish details
about this genus. Luanchuanraptor was a
dromaeosaurid meaning that it
was a relatively small theropod dinosaur similar to others such as
though how close is currently hard to
say. Luanchuanraptor has been described as being
sized' theropod. yet size estimates can vary greatly upon source
from as little as one meter long, a more common one and a half meters
all the up to three to even four meters long.
As a dromaeosaurid, Luanchuanraptor is expected to have had enlarged sickle shaped claws on its feet which may have served as killing weapons against prey. Also although not preserved with the holotype, Luanchuanraptor likely had feathers in life since this seems to have been the norm for the dromaeosaurids, though how much and in what places is completely unknown for Luanchuanraptor.
- New dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Qiupa Formation of Luanchuan area, western Henan, China, J-C Lu, L. Xu, X.-L.Zhang, Q. Ji, S.-H. Jia, W.-Y. Hu, J.-M. Zhang, & Y.-H. Wu - 2007.