Yurgovuchia is a type of theropod dinosaur genus that evolved on earth during the Early Cretaceous period. Their remains were excavated from Utah in North America and the genus consists of only one type of species. The generic name is derived from the Ute word yurgovuch which means coyote. The type species was called Y. doellingi to honor the geologist Helmut Doelling for his contributions to the Utah Geological Survey. The new dinosaurs were described as new dromaeosaurids. Their fossil elements were discovered for the first time in 2005 from the bone bed in Grand County in Utah. Their name translates to coyote and was named so since they lived in the same region that's inhabited by coyotes at present. They existed from 139 million years ago up to 134.6 million years ago. Their fossil was discovered from the upper part of Doelling's bowl bone bed in Utah and the bone bed is located in the Yellow Cat Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation. To know more facts about the dinosaur, keep reading the article.
The name Yurgovuchia is pronounced as 'Yur-go-vu-che-ah'.
The Yurgovuchia is a type of therapod dinosaur that is classified as one of the Dromesaurines. They represent a genus of advanced dromaeosaurines and were closely related to the Dromaeosaurus, Achillobator, and Utahrapto. The genus name means coyote, a predator of similar size, which inhabits the same region currently as Yurgovuchia.
The Yurgovuchia lived during the Early Cretaceous period. The genus dates back to the Valanginian and Barremian ages of the Early Cretaceous.
The Yurgovuchia became extinct around 125 million years ago probably during the Barremian age of the Early Cretaceous.
The Yurgovuchia was a theropod dinosaur that lived in North America during the Early Cretaceous period. The Cedar Mountain Formation from where their fossils were discovered is located in Eastern Utah.
The Yurgovuchia lived in terrestrial habitat, this type of habitat range from forests to coastal lands.
The discovery of Yurgovuchia from a bone bed might suggest that this small dinosaur lived in hers to ensure protection from large predators.
The evolution of Yurgovuchia occurred during the Valaginian stage of the early cretaceous and they lived up to 125 million years. The dinosaur existed for four million years approximately.
The Yurgovuchia was oviparous in nature, they reproduced by laying eggs like all other dinosaurs.
The Yurgovuchia is represented by the discovery of the postcranial remains of a single species called Yurgovuchia doellingi. They could be differentiated from other dromaeosaurids with the help of certain characteristics. Each side of their axial centrum had a single pneumatophore. the pubis was devoid of pubic tubercle and the caudal prezygapophyses are elongated towards the transition point. The cranial faces of the caudal vertebrae are shaped round and the third cervical vertebra is not beveled.
The bones of the Yurgovuchia are known from a single specimen only, not any second species. The only known specimen remains include partial post-cranial skeletons like the tail skeleton, caudal vertebrae, cervical vertebra, dorsal vertebra, and the proximal end of the left pubis.
A dinosaur usually communicated by making sounds and vocalizations. The Yurgovuchia also communicated in the same way probably.
The average length of a Yurgovuchia is measured to be around 8.2 ft (2.4 m), three times smaller than a Yimenosaurus.
A Yurgovuchia was comparatively a small dinosaur similar to the size of coyotes. They could move at a moderate speed but their speed is unknown.
The weight of a Yurgovuchia has not been determined.
The male and the female species do not have any particular names, both of them were referred to as Yurgovuchia.
A baby Yurgovuchia is called a nestling or a hatchling.
The Yurgovuchia were carnivorous in nature. They were quite aggressive compared to their size.
The Yurgovuchia was named and described for the first time by several paleontologists in 2012. The type species is named in honor of Helmut Doelling for his contribution to geological research for 50 plus years.
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