(Hunter from Var).
Named By: Le Loeuff & Buffetaut - 1998.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauridae, Saurischia, Theropoda, Dromaeosauridae.
Species: V. mechinorum.
Size: Approximately 2 meters long.
Known locations: France, Grès à Reptiles formation.
Time period: Campanian to Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Incomplete remains including, vertebra, sacrum, ilium, humerus. Other bones have been attributed including a femur, though some have doubts as to their validity for inclusion.
of Variriaptor from available fossils is difficult
as only partial
remains exist. Discovered fossils do appear to be superficially
similar to Deinonychus,
appears to be of an
overall smaller build. Some size estimates do have Variraptor
reaching up to three meters in length, although the smaller
estimate of two meters is more common.
Variraptor has been considered by some to be a Nomen dubium due to lack of identifying features from existing remains. Additionally Variraptor is has been considered by some to have a potential synonymy with Pyroraptor.
- A new dromaeosaurid theropod from the Upper Cretaceous of southern France. - Oryctos 1:105-112. - J. Le Loeuff & E. Buffetaut - 1998.