Patagonykus

Name: Patagonykus ‭(‬Patagonian claw‭)‬.
Phonetic: Pat-ah-go-ne-kus.
Named By: Novas‭ ‬-‭ ‬1996.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Coelurosauria,‭ ‬Maniraptoriformes,‭ ‬Alvarezsauroidea,‭ ‬Alvarezsauridae,‭ ‬Patagonykinae.
Species: P.‭ ‬puertai‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Insectivore.
Size: Estimates to be‭ ‬2‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Argentina,‭ ‬Neuquen Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Neuquen Formation,‭ ‬Portezuelo Member.‭
Time period: Turonian to Coniacian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains.

       Although only known from partial remains,‭ ‬Patagonykus is confirmed to have been an alvarezsaur,‭ ‬small bipedal dinosaurs that are thought to have specialised in hunting insects.‭ ‬Dinosaurs like Patagonykus were once thought to have been restricted to the lower stages of the upper Cretaceous,‭ ‬however the discovery of Bonapartenykus in‭ ‬2012‭ ‬has revealed these forms of alvarezsaur survived in South America until the last stages of the Cretaceous.
       Patagonykus likely shared its ecosystem with dinosaurs such as Megaraptor,‭ ‬Unenlagia,‭ ‬Rinconsaurus and Antarctosaurus which have all been discovered in the Neuquen Formation.



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