Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 90Ma
Femur seen from multiple angles
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Troodontidae
Genus: Araucanoraptor
Binomial name
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.[1] In 1997 it was revealed the type species was Araucanoraptor argentinus. In 1999 it was provisionally described as a member of the Troodontidae.[2]



  1. * (1996) "New theropods from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 16. DOI:10.1080/02724634.1996.10011371. 
  2. (1999) "Un probable troodontido (Theropoda-Coelurosauria) del Cretacico Tardio de Patagonia". Ameghiniana 36 (4). 
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