“This discovery really highlights the significance of finding and analyzing skeletal material from all of these rare dinosaurs,” stated Derek Larson, co-author around the study and assistant curator from the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in northwest Alberta.
Researchers initially believed that some bones discovered within the Badlands round the Drumheller museum and stored there every since belonged to some Troodon, which resided around 76 million years back. But new comparisons of bones that form the the surface of the mind revealed these originated from a species having a distinctively shorter and much more robust skull compared to Troodon.
Worldwide famous for decades of dinosaur research, Philip Currie will be also noted for his personal prehistoric Alberta predator.
Albertavenator curriei, meaning “Currie’s Alberta hunter,” hunted its prey about 71 million years back with what has become the Red Deer River valley. The naming recognizes Currie’s decades of groundbreaking operate in Alberta. Research around the new species was printed Monday within the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.
“The delicate bones of those small feathered dinosaurs are extremely rare. I was lucky to possess a critical bit of the skull that permitted us to differentiate Albertaventaor like a new species,” stated David Evans, Temerty chair and curator of vertebrate paleontology in the Royal Ontario Museum, and leader from the project.
“We aspire to find more complete skeletons of Albertavenator later on, because this would inform us a lot more relating to this fascinating animal.”
Since it is so hard to recognize a dinosaur from fragments of fossils, there might be other new species waiting to become discovered within the vast collections of the museum.
This is simply the second dinosaur from Alberta named after Currie. He helped found the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in 1985 and it is now a professor in the College of Alberta.
A new species of troodontid theropod (a bird-like dinosaur) has been seen as and named for that famous Canadian paleontologist who once brought the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Drumheller.