Named By: Xing Xu, Mark A. Norell, Xiao-Lin Wang, Peter J. Makovicky & Xiao-Chun Wu - 2002.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Troodontidae.
Species: S. changii (type).
Size: Just under a meter long.
Known locations: China - Yixian Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Remains of at least two individuals including the skull, and two partial post cranial skeletons, one of which is articulated.
Hailing from China’s world famous Yixian Formation, Sinovenator was a fairly small genus of troodontid dinosaur. Due to the small size, Sinovenator is perceived to have been a predator of smaller animals such as lizards and mammals.
- A basal troodontid from the Early Cretaceous of China. - Nature 415:780-784. - Xing Xu, Mark A. Norell, Xiao-Lin Wang, Peter J. Makovicky & Xiao-Chun Wu - 2002.