Name: Xinjiangovenator ‭(‬Xinjiang hunter‭)‬.
Phonetic: Zin-je-ang-o-ven-ah-tor.
Named By: O.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Rauhut‭ & ‬X.‭ ‬Xu‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurichia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Maniraptora.
Species: X.‭ ‬parvus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of fossil remains.
Known locations: China‭ ‬-‭ ‬Lianmugin Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains,‭ ‬mostly of the right lower leg.

       Fossils of Xinjiangovenator were once attributed to the genus Phaedrolosaurus,‭ ‬however Phaedrolosaurus was originally described from a single tooth with additional lower limb bones referred to the genus upon the basis that they were found near the tooth within the same fossil bearing formation.‭ ‬In‭ ‬2005‭ ‬Rauhut and Xu separated these remains from the tooth upon the grounds that apart from being found in the same formation,‭ ‬there was no direct link between them,‭ ‬so at the time of writing Phaedrolosaurus is known only from a single tooth,‭ ‬and Xinjiangovenator is known from some lower leg bones.‭
       Not much can be said about Xinjiangovenator other than it was a predatory dinosaur that probably hunted other small creatures and dinosaurs.‭ ‬Xinjiangovenator however was suggested in its initial description to have been similar to‭ ‬another genus named Bagaraatan.

Further reading
-‭ [‬Dinosaurs from Wuerho‭]‬.‭ ‬Reports of Paleontological Expedition to Sinkiang‭ (‬II‭)‬:‭ ‬Pterosaurian Fauna from Wuerho,‭ ‬Sinkiang.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Memoirs of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology,‭ ‬Academia Sinica‭ ‬11:45-52.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬Dong‭ ‬-‭ ‬1973.
-‭ ‬The small theropod dinosaurs Tugulusaurus and Phaedrolosaurus from the Early Cretaceous of Xinjiang,‭ ‬China.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬25‭(‬1‭)‬:107-118.‭ ‬-‭ ‬O.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Rauhut‭ & ‬X.‭ ‬Xu‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.


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