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Philovenator curriei


Originally described as a juvenile of Saurornithoides mongoliensis, the partial hindlimb has now been assigned as a new and distinct taxon. Proportional differences are ascribed as between-species distinctions as opposed to growth-based variation, a finding corroborated by thin-section (osteohistological) analysis of the specimen.


Name


Philovenator curriei

Authority
    

Xu et al. 2012

Etymology
Honours Dr. Philip J. Currie for his work on maniraptors. Venator also implies love for the hunt! 


Size


Length: ?


Remains


Holotype:  IVPP V 10597 - Partial left hindlimb 


Age and Distribution


Horizon: Wulansuhai Formation, Late Cretaceous (Campanian)

Locality: Bayan Mandagu, "North Canyon" locality, Wulatehouqi, Inner Mongolia 


Classification


Dinosauria Saurischia Theropoda Troodontidae

 Further Reading
Xu, X., Zhao, Q., Sullivan, C., Tan, Q-W., Sander, M. and Ma, Q-Y. (2012) The taxonomy of the troodontid IVPP V 10597 reconsidered, Vertebrata PalAsiatica, 50(2), 140-150








Histological section from the femoral shaft of IVPP V 10597 (Xu et al. 2012)

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