Duriavenator

genus of reptiles (fossil)

Duriavenator is a genus of theropod dinosaur described in 2008. It was excavated in Dorset. The type species is D. hesperis, formerly known as Megalosaurus hesperis.[1]

Duriavenator
Temporal range: Middle Jurassic, 170 Ma
Duriavenator hesperis.jpg
Holotype
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Clade: Saurischia
Clade: Theropoda
Family: Megalosauridae
Subfamily: Megalosaurinae
Genus: Duriavenator
Benson, 2008
Species:
D. hesperis
Binomial name
Duriavenator hesperis
(Waldman, 1974 [originally Megalosaurus])
Synonyms

Megalosaurus hesperis Waldman, 1974

Duriavenator lived about 170 million years ago. It is one of the oldest-known tetanurans. The genus name combines the Latin name of Dorset, Duria, with Latin for "hunter", venator.[2] This genus has also gone under the unofficial name "Walkersaurus".

ReferencesEdit

  1. Waldman, M. (1974). "Megalosaurids from the Bajocian (Middle Jurassic) of Dorset" (PDF). Palaeontology. 17 (2): 325–339.
  2. Benson R.B.J. (2008). A redescription of "Megalosaurus" hesperis (Dinosauria, Theropoda) from the Inferior Oolite (Bajocian, Middle Jurassic) of Dorset, United Kingdom". Zootaxa 1931: 57-67.