Fun Fukuivenator Facts For Kids

Iram Ashfaq
Nov 29, 2022 By Iram Ashfaq
Originally Published on Sep 23, 2021
The best 15 Fukuivenator facts you will want to read twice.
Age: 3-18
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The Fukuivenator paradoxus lived during the early Cretaceous period about 125 million years ago. It was one of several predatory dinosaurs that was discovered by paleontologists like Kawabe, Shibata, and Azuma recently on an expedition to Mongolia's Gobi Desert.

Mongolia's Gobi Desert has been known for many dino-discoveries because it contains ancient rocks from various geological ages ranging between 90-115 million years old.

These Fukuivenator fossil beds are especially rich with fossils of the Katsuyama Fukui Prefecture-Kitadani formation. Not only intact skeletons but also other skeletal fragments were found near each other suggesting Fukuititan animals died at or close to where they became buried under deposited sediments.

The Fukuivenator paradoxus is a genus of the theropod dinosaur which lived in what is now Japan during the early Cretaceous period. This omnivorous theropod had an interesting description with an estimated length of about 25 in (63.5 cm).

It was also equipped with two very large hands with only three fingers on each hand.

It had short arms attached to its relatively small body. Its muscles were not strong enough to lift it from ground level into trees where other dinosaurs hunted prey more easily than the Fukuivenator could.

The Fukuivenator was discovered in 2014 by Kawabe, Shibata, and Azuma. The name Fukuivenator means 'good fortune hunter'.

The Fukuivenator paradoxus was one of the most interesting dinosaurs ever found in Japan, with over 200 bones and strong vertebrae having been discovered. It is estimated that Fukuivenators would have lived around 125 million years ago and belonged to a group called Oviraptors which were omnivores who ate plants as well as meat when possible.

These dinosaurs are known for their unique crest on top of their head consisting of two sets of ribs which probably had very sensitive nerve endings!

The name comes from 'fuku' meaning 'good fortune' or 'luck' (which this dinosaur has brought its discoverers!) and 'vena' which is Latin for 'veins', referring to the distinctive arrangement of rows down each side.

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Fukuivenator Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Fukuivenator'?

The word itself consists of five main syllables: 'foo-koo-vee-' and '-na-' + '-tor'. When saying this out loud, many people tend to stress either the first or last syllable; however, both are incorrect according to scientific usage guidelines for Latin words like these (the correct pronunciation would include stressing all syllables).

What type of dinosaur was a Fukuivenator?

According to scientists, this bizarre theropod was a coelurosauria theropod ornithomimosaurs with a peculiar skull. Curators of paleontology at Harvard University have been analyzing fossils from the Katsuyama Fukui-Prefecture-Kitadani formation of this recently discovered species and believe that it is an early ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

In which geological period did the Fukuivenator roam the Earth?

The Fukuivenator is thought to have roamed the earth in the early Cretaceous period.

When did the Fukuivenator become extinct?

No one knows that for sure. Some scientists think the Fukuivenator died out around 2 million years ago but there isn’t evidence to prove it.

Where did a Fukuivenator live?

The Fukuivenator, the massive predator from prehistoric Japan, might enjoy living in an old-growth forest with plenty of big trees and water.

What was a Fukuivenator's habitat?

A Fukuivenator's habitat was similar to that of other bipedal dinosaurs. They lived in forests and jungles, alongside their plant-eating cousins the Stegosaurus or the Brachiosaurus, but they also seemed to eat meat as well given fossilized remains of the Katsuyama Fukui prefecture-Kitadani formation. These fossils might point towards an omnivorous diet or even active hunting.

Who did a Fukuivenator live with?

This primitive theropod lived with its family and other similar dinosaur species like the Spiclypeus.

How long did a Fukuivenator live?

A Fukuisaurus with the scientific name Fukuivenator paradoxus lived for anywhere from 75-150 years.

How did they reproduce?

They reproduced by laying eggs like most other dinosaurs.

Fukuivenator Fun Facts

What did a Fukuivenator look like?

The Fukuivenator, also known as the Coelurosaur, was a massive dinosaur with a large head, a long neck, and a tail. It had strong lateral and distal hind legs that made it fast on land but were used for striking its prey when in water too.

A Fukuivenator looked like a combination of Godzilla and an enormous, black chicken.

It had scaly skin that was green in color with red spines along its back and complete yellow eyes full of rage above the maxilla form. Its mouth inside the skull opened wide to show massive teeth ready to snap any human who would dare approach it.

The typical description of this dinosaur will include its strong skull, vertebrae, and lateral hind legs.

How many bones did a Fukuivenator have?

The Fukuisaurus was a group of predatory Fukui dinosaurs. They had between about 200-210 bony features including the vertebrae in the skeleton, but there are some uncertainties because no complete or nearly complete skeletons are known to date.

How did they communicate?

Fukuivenators communicated with each other by making specific noises that were heard over great distances.

How big was a Fukuivenator?

These Fukui dinosaurs measured 25 in (63.5 cm) long and 13 in (33 cm) tall.

How fast could a Fukuivenator move?

The Fukuivenator was the fastest Fukui dinosaur to roam around Earth. This carnivore could run at an average speed of 25 mph (40.2 kph), which is considered a rapid pace for dinosaurs.

How much did a Fukuivenator weigh?

The Fukuivenator is a new genus of titanosaurian Fukui dinosaurs that lived during the early Cretaceous period in Japan on an island called the Amami-Oshima Island or Oshima Islands where many dinosaurs were discovered including the Kikusaurus hataii which is very similar to the Fukuivenator. It weighed around 55 lb (25 kg) with its bones and vertebrae!

What were the male and female names of the species?

This species does not have any gender-specific terms and both males and females go by the name Fukuivenator dinosaurs!

What would you call a baby Fukuivenator?

Their babies are simply known as Fukuivenator babies!

What did they eat?

The Fukuivenator was a genus of theropods from the early Cretaceous period. These vertebrate Fukuititan animals had a mixed herbivorous and carnivorous diet. Although they were more inclined towards a herbivorous diet, they ate meat too! They ate fish, birds, smaller Fukuititan dinosaurs, and plants such as leaves and grasses.

How aggressive were they?

Fukuiraptors were very aggressive! They had a powerful bite and a strong neck. Their large arms in combination with the basal form of maxilla could kill prey, but they mainly used their arms for digging up termite mounds after first using their long claws to cut into the bark of trees.

Did you know...

This Fukui dinosaur is somewhat different than other theropods and is hence popularly referred to as a 'bizarre theropod'.

How did the Fukuivenator get its name?

The name for this Fukui dinosaur combines two Japanese words to convey its ferocity. The word 'fuku' means 'good fortune', while 'venator' is Latin for 'a hunter'.

Is the Fukuivenator related to the Fukuiraptor?

The new bizarre Fukui dinosaur found in China called a Fukuivenator may be closely connected with its prehistoric cousin, the Fukuiraptor, according to paleontologists from Japan and Canada who examined fossilized bones of two creatures that were discovered by Miyata, Azuma, Shibata, and Kawabe years apart near each other.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly dinosaur facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other creatures from our Atrociraptor facts or Pawpawsaurus facts for kids.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Fukuivenator coloring pages.

Main mage by Nobu Tamura.

Second image by Titomaurer.

Fukuivenator Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Fish, birds, smaller dinosaurs, leaves, grass, and small plants

what Type of Animal were they?


Average Litter Size?


What Did They Look Like?

Gray, greenish-brown, and orangish-white

How Much Did They Weigh?

55 lb (25 kg)

Skin Type

Thick scales

How Long Were They?

25 in (63.5 cm)

How Tall Were They?

13 in (33 cm)




Clade: Dinosauria





Scientific Name

Fukuivenator paradoxus

What Were Their Main Threats?

Natural disasters

What Habitat Did They Live In?

Grass plains, forests, open meadows, and tundras

Where Did They Live?

Japan, Fukui Prefecture
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Written by Iram Ashfaq

Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Master of Public Health

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Iram AshfaqBachelor of Dental Surgery, Master of Public Health

With a Bachelor's degree in Dental Surgery from Shaney Institute of Health Sciences and a Master's degree in Public Health from Imperial College London, Iram is a highly qualified and accomplished writer from Srinagar, India. Over the course of a year, she has acquired multiple writing certifications, focusing on health sciences and research studies. Prior to joining Kidadl, Iram gained valuable experience working as a content writer for Indian firms and interning at a New York-based company. Her expertise and passion for writing shine through in her ability to create compelling content across a variety of topics.

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