Tachiraptor

Name: Tachiraptor ‭(‬Táchira thief‭)‬.
Phonetic: Tak-he-rap-tor.
Named By: M.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Langer,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Rincón,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Ramezani,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Solórzano‭ & ‬O.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Rauhut‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda.‭
Species: T.‭ ‬admirabilis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Tibia‭ ‬25‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬Further details uncertain but total body length roughly estimated to have been about‭ ‬1.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Venezuela‭ ‬-‭ ‬La Quinta formation.
Time period: Hettangian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: ‭ ‬Tibia‭ (‬lower leg bone‭) ‬and partial hip.

       2014‭ ‬saw the first instance of a dinosaur genus being described as coming from Venezuela.‭ ‬This genus was Laquintasaura,‭ ‬a small plant eating ornithischian dinosaur,‭ ‬fossils of which were discovered where a road was being cut into the Venezuelan landscape.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬when Laquintasaura was discovered,‭ ‬the teeth of small theropod dinosaurs were also found associated with it,‭ ‬hinting at a clue to a predator prey interaction.‭ ‬Then later in‭ ‬2014,‭ ‬a shin bone of a theropod dinosaur was recovered and used to establish a new dinosaur genus‭; ‬Tachiraptor.
       Aside from the shin bone‭ (‬technically known as a tibia‭)‬,‭ ‬a partial hip found nearby was also assigned to the genus.‭ ‬Unfortunately we still don’t know a lot about what kind of theropod dinosaur Tachiraptor was,‭ ‬and this makes estimates of size and body form highly speculative in the absence of further fossil discoveries.‭ ‬Tachiraptor has however been loosely reconstructed to be about one and a half meters in length.

Further reading
-‭ ‬New dinosaur‭ (‬Theropoda,‭ ‬stem-Averostra‭) ‬from the earliest Jurassic of the La Quinta formation,‭ ‬Venezuelan Andes.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Royal Society Open Science‭ ‬1‭(‬2‭)‬:1-15.‭ ‬-‭ ‬M.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Langer,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Rincón,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Ramezani,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Solórzano‭ & ‬O.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Rauhut‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.



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