Named By: P. Christiansen & N. Bonde - 2003.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Reptilia, Saurischia, Theropoda, Dromaeosauridae.
Species: D. bornholmensis (type).
Size: Comparison to dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaurs indicates that this dinosaur may have reached lengths of about 3 to 4 meters long.
Known locations: Denmark - Jydegaard Formation, Tornhøj Member.
Time period: Berriasian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Teeth.
is what is called a ‘tooth taxon’ as so far this dinosaur only has
fossil teeth attributed to it. These teeth seem to come from a
theropod dinosaur, and this is reason why for the name
which means Dromaeosaurus-like. Comparison of these
teeth to those of
other dromaeosaurids suggests that Dromaeosauroides
attained lengths of
about three to four meters. Large fossil teeth attributed to the genus
may actually represent further fossils of Dromaeosauroides.
Because Dromaeosauroides is only known from teeth, many consider the genus to be dubious given that it would be very difficult to attribute bones to the genus without a direct asssociation to the teeth. That said, Dromaeosauroides remains one of the so far few dinosaur genera to come from Scandinavia.
- The first dinosaur from Denmark. - Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen 227(2):287-299. - P. Christiansen & N. Bonde - 2003.
- Theropod dinosaur teeth from the lowermost Cretaceous Rabekke Formation on Bornholm, Denmark. - Geobios 41 (2): 253. - J. Lindgren, P. J. Currie, J. Rees, M. Siverson, S. Lindström & C. Alwmark - 2008.