Albertavenator (Albertavenator curriei) was a small dinosaur of the Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous period. It existed about 72-66 million years ago. These dinosaurs were part of the Dinosauria and Theropoda clades. Their fossils were excavated from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation of Alberta, Canada, and also from several parts of North America, including the Dinosaur Provincial Park as well Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller.
According to the researchers of the Royal Ontario Museum, these dinosaurs were omnivorous in nature with serrated teeth. Several findings also suggest that these were great predators. They weighed about 132 lb (59.8 kg), with the average height reaching the chest or waist of an adult human being. The skull remains suggest that they were rare species of dinosaurs with delicate and robust bones. Two of their specimens were recovered, one in the year 1993, and the other was discovered in 1996. The name 'Albertavenator curriei' was given to honor the renowned paleontologist Philip Currie.
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Albertavenator is pronounced as 'Al-ber-tah-ven-ah-tor'.
Albertavenator was a troodontid theropod dinosaur species.
These dinosaur species roamed the Earth during the Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous period.
The Albertavenator's skeletal material reveals that this dinosaur became extinct about 72.1 million to 66 million years ago.
The fossils of Albertavenator were discovered in the Horseshoe Canyon Formation of Alberta, Canada. Their fossils were also recovered from several parts of North America, including the Dinosaur Provincial Park as well Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller.
According to a Canadian journal, these rare dinosaurs roamed in the grasslands and plains.
Owing to the lack of specimen evidence, we do not know whether they were social animals or not.
The exact lifespan of this dinosaur species is unknown to us.
Although sufficient information on these dinos is not available at the moment, we can assume that just like other reptiles, the Albertavenator species were oviparous, and their eggs were amniotic in nature.
Albertavenator species were small dinosaurs with feathers on their body. The partial bone specimens reveal that they had a short skull with robust bones. They had a long tail and were bipedal.
Although the total number of bones of the Albertavenator species is not recorded, the vertebrate paleontology reveals that they possessed robust skull bones, with small frontal bones. Their delicate bones highlight the fact that they were a rare species of dinosaur.
Due to a lack of information about these species, we don't know about their exact mode of communication. We may come to the conclusion that they produced low grunts and other sounds similar to most dinosaurs.
According to David Evans of Royal Ontario Museum, these dinos came to the waist or chest height of a fully-grown adult.
Some researchers as well as the renowned Canadian paleontologist, Philip Currie, mentioned that these dinosaurs were bipedal with small bodies. Therefore, we can conclude that they were moderately fast runners.
According to a Canadian Journal, the average weight of Albertavenator species is about 132 lb (59.8 kg).
There are no particular names of the male and female dinosaurs.
A baby dinosaur can be called a hatchling or a nestling, due to the fact that dinosaurs were egg-laying animals.
These prehistoric creatures had troodontid teeth in their lower jaw, which reveals to us that they were omnivores, and probably predatory dinosaurs. So they must have indulged in veggies as well as the meat of other animals.
Their serrated teeth and omnivore diet definitely make us wonder whether they were aggressive or not. According to the research of Royall Tyrrel Museum and also that of David Evans of Royal Ontario Museum, these dinosaurs were excellent predators. Thus, we can come to the conclusion that they may have engaged themselves in duels with the other creatures.
The term 'Albertavenator ' originally means 'Alberta Hunter'.
Previously, paleontologists thought that the Albertavenator species were close relatives of Troodon. However, more studies reveal that they had more robust and shorter skull bones than the Troodon.
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