Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 90Ma
|Femur seen from multiple angles|
| †Araucanoraptor argentinus|
Novas et al., 1997
Araucanoraptor is a genus of troodontid theropod dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous of Argentina, one of the first troodontids found in the Southern Hemisphere. It may have been the same animal as Neuquenraptor.
Discovery and Naming
In January 1996 the remains of Araucanoraptor were found near Plaza Huincul in the Sierra del Portezuelo and reported that very year. In 1997 it was revealed the type species was Araucanoraptor argentinus. In 1999 it was provisionally described as a member of the Troodontidae.