Name: Luanchuanraptor ‭ (‬Luanchuan thief‭)‬.
Phonetic: Loo-an-chu-an-rap-tore.
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)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Uncertain.
Known locations: ‬China,‭ ‬Henan Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Qiupa Formation.
Time period: Late‭ (‬Campanian‭?) ‬Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Teeth and partial post cranial remains.

       Luanchuanraptor 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 Dromaeosaurus and Velociraptor,‭ ‬though how close is currently hard to say.‭ ‬Luanchuanraptor has been described as being a‭ ‘‬moderately 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.

Further reading
-‭ ‬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.


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