Named By: C.-Z. Shen, B. Zhao, C.-L. Gao, J.-C. Lu & M. Kundrat - 2017.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dnosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Troodontidae.
Species: L. curriei (type).
Size: Length of holotype individual estimated at 69 centimetres.
Known locations: China, Liaoning Province - Yixian Fomration.
Time period: Early Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete articulated skeleton.
was a small troodontid
dinosaur that lived in China during the early
Cretaceous. In fact with a reconstructed length of about sixty-nine
centimetres for the holotype individual, Liaoningvenator
the smallest troodontid dinosaurs known. Liaoningvenator
very long legs, and combined with the light build and size of this
dinosaur, most consider it to have been a small and fast predator
running around Cretaceous era forests. Not only would this quick
speed be good for hunting, it would also be a good defence for
staying out of the way of the great many types of larger troodontid and
dinosaurs that seem to have been very common, and very
diverse in this area of the world during the early Cretaceous.
Liaoningvenator was first found in the Yixian Formation, and other troodontid dinosaurs from this locale include Daliansaurus, Jianianhualong, Mei, Sinovenator and Sinusonasus.
- A new troodontid dinosaur (Liaoningvenator curriei gen. et sp. nov.) from the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation in Western Liaoning Province. Acta Geologica Sinica 38(3):359-371. - C.-Z. Shen, B. Zhao, C.-L. Gao, J.-C. Lu & M. Kundrat - 2017.