Fun Albertavenator Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Jan 31, 2024 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Feb 25, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Sakshi Raturi
Albertavenator facts are all about a small-feathered dinosaur.
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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.

Keep reading to know more fun facts about this feathery dinosaur!

Albertavenator Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Albertavenator'?

Albertavenator is pronounced as 'Al-ber-tah-ven-ah-tor'.

What type of dinosaur was an Albertavenator?

Albertavenator was a troodontid theropod dinosaur species.

In which geological period did the Albertavenator roam the earth?

These dinosaur species roamed the Earth during the Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous period.

When did Albertavenator become extinct?

The Albertavenator's skeletal material reveals that this dinosaur became extinct about 72.1 million to 66 million years ago.

Where did an Albertavenator live?

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.

What was Albertavenator's habitat?

According to a Canadian journal, these rare dinosaurs roamed in the grasslands and plains.

Who did Albertavenator live with?

Owing to the lack of specimen evidence, we do not know whether they were social animals or not.

How long did an Albertavenator live?

The exact lifespan of this dinosaur species is unknown to us.

How did they reproduce?

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 Fun Facts

What did an Albertavenator look like?

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.

Albertavenator fossils comprised of partial skull bones.
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How many bones did an Albertavenator have?

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.

How did they communicate?

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.

How big was an Albertavenator?

According to David Evans of Royal Ontario Museum, these dinos came to the waist or chest height of a fully-grown adult.

How fast could an Albertavenator move?

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.

How much did an Albertavenator weigh?

According to a Canadian Journal, the average weight of Albertavenator species is about 132 lb (59.8 kg).

What were the male and female names of the species?

There are no particular names of the male and female dinosaurs.

What would you call a baby Albertavenator?

A baby dinosaur can be called a hatchling or a nestling, due to the fact that dinosaurs were egg-laying animals.

What did they eat?

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.

How aggressive were they?

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.

Did you know...

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.

*We've been unable to source an image of Albertavenator and have used an image of a Pterosaur instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Albertavenator, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at hello@kidadl.com.

Albertavenator Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Small animals

what Type of Animal were they?

Omnivore

Average Litter Size?

N/A

What Did They Look Like?

Small head and long tail

How Much Did They Weigh?

132 lb (59.8 kg)

Skin Type

Feathers

How Long Were They?

N/A

How Tall Were They?

N/A

Kingdom

Animalia

Class

Reptilia

Genus

Albertavenator

Family

Dinosauria and‭ ‬Theropoda

Scientific Name

Albertavenator curriei

What Were Their Main Threats?

Natural disasters

What Habitat Did They Live In?

Grasslands and plains

Where Did They Live?

Alberta and Canada
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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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