The Fosterovenator was probably the first known basal abelisauroids from the Late Jurassic found in the Northern Hemisphere.
Fosterovenator was a small basal member of the ceratosaurid family. The remains of this carnivore were found in Wyoming. It is very rare to find remains of small Theropoda from the Quarry where the Fosterovenator's remains were found. The delicate bone structure of the small theropods is generally found mixed with other dinosaur bones and crocodile bones. However, three small theropods were recovered at the same time and described along with the Fosterovenator.
The pronunciation of Fosterovenator is 'Fos-teh-ro-ven-ah-tor'.
Fosterovenator is an extinct genus of the Ceratosauria family.
Fosterovenator roamed the earth from the start of the Kimmeridgian stage (157.3 million years ago) to the end of the Tithonian stage (145 million years ago).
According to a study, the Fosterovenator would have become extinct 145 million years ago.
The fossils of this species were discovered from Quarry 12, Como Bluff, Kimmeridgian/Tithonian in Wyoming's Morrison Formation, USA. The habitat was characterized by wet floodplain claystone.
This ceratosaur dinosaur was a terrestrial dinosaur. It is not known how territorial they were.
Fosterovenator would have possibly coexisted with Torvosaurus, Allosaurus, Elaphrosaurus, Ceratosaurus, and other dinosaurs discovered from the Morrison Formation.
The lifespan of the Fosterovenator is yet to be studied.
Fosterovenator would have reproduced by laying eggs.
Based on the remains, paleontologists classed the Fosterovenator to be similar to another species, Elaphrosaurus. The shape of the tibia and fistula was similar to that seen in the Elaphrosaurus.
The remains of the Fosterovenator include elements of the limb- well-articulated right tibia with astragalus.
It is unknown how this genus communicated.
Based on the fibula size and comparison to Elaphrosaurus, the size of the Fosterovenator is estimated at around 8.2 ft (2.5 m).
Again based on the Fosterovenator being similar to Elaphrosaurus, it is likely for this genus to be quite fast and agile.
The weight of this dinosaur is yet to be described.
The male and female species would be known as adults.
The baby Fosterovenator would be named as a juvenile.
Being predators, it is likely that this genus belonging to the Theropoda, Saurischia, Chordata, and Dinosauria sub-classification would have been aggressive and quite greedy.
Othniel C. Marsh and Arthur Lakes discovered the remains of this dinosaur in 1879.
The name and description of the genus and the type of species were provided by Dalman in 2014.
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