Name: Philovenator ‭(‬Love hunter‭)‬.
Phonetic: Fie-loe-ven-ah-tor.
Named By: Xu Xing,‭ ‬Zhao Ji,‭ ‬Corwin Sullivan,‭ ‬Tan Qing-Wei,‭ ‬Martin Sander‭ & ‬Ma Qing-Yu‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Maniraptora,‭ ‬Troodontidae.
Species: P.‭ ‬curriei‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Unknown due to lack of remains.
Known locations: Mongolia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bayan Mandahu Formation‭ (‬a.k.a.‭ ‬Wulansuhai Formation‭)‬.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial left hind limb.

       Originally attributed as juvenile Saurornithoides mongoliensis,‭ ‬the partial left hind limb of this troodontid was firmly established as being of a different genus thanks to an osteohistological analysis of the bone.‭ ‬This revealed that the fossils were closer to Linhevenator tani,‭ ‬yet the team studying the remains concluded that while similar,‭ ‬the remains were different still to the known fossils of Linhevenator.‭ ‬Philovenator was then established as a new genus,‭ ‬with the generic name implying‭ ‘‬love to hunt‭’‬,‭ ‬and the species name P.‭ ‬curriei in honour of the palaeontologist Dr Philip J.‭ ‬Currie.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The taxonomy of the troodontid IVPP V‭ ‬10597‭ ‬reconsidered,‭ ‬Xu Xing,‭ ‬Zhao Ji,‭ ‬Corwin Sullivan,‭ ‬Tan Qing-Wei,‭ ‬Martin Sander‭ & ‬Ma Qing-Yu‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.


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