Named By: Attila Osi, Sebastian Apesteguia & Michal Kowalewski - 2010.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Theropoda, Coelurosauria, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Chuniaoae, Paraves.
Species: P. fodori (type).
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains, but estimated to be about 70 centimetres long.
Known locations: Hungary - Csehbanya Formation.
Time period: Santonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Left shoulder girdle. Other remains recovered from the location including teeth, claws, vertebrae and a tibia (lower leg bone) might also belong to the genus.
holotype fossils of Pneumatoraptor are noted for
air cavities, which in turn inspired the name Pneumatoraptor
means ‘air thief’. The type species name is in honour of Geza
Fodor, the person who provided funding for the expedition the
expedition that recovered the Pneumatoraptor
Pneumatoraptor was a small maniraptorian dinosaur that may likely be a member of the Paraves group. However, the remains of Pneumatoraptor are currently too incomplete to allow for a more accurate description and placement amongst other dinosaurs. What can be said is that Pneumatoraptor would have been a predator of other small animals, and probably shared its habitat with nodosaurs like Hungarosaurus, ornithopods like Rhabdodon and ceratopsians like Ajkaceratops. In addition to dinosaurs, pterosaurs like Bakonydraco would have also been present.
- Non-avian theropod dinosaurs from the early Late Cretaceous of central Europe, Attila Osi, Sebastian Apesteguia & Michal Kowalewski - 2010.