Name: Sinovenator ‭(‬Chinese hunter‭)‬.
Phonetic: Sy-noe-venator.
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)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
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.

Further reading
-‭ ‬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.


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