Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, Campanian
Boreonykus tooth.jpg
Two shed teeth of B. certekorum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Archosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Dromaeosauridae
Subfamily: Velociraptorinae
Genus: Boreonykus
Bell & Curry, 2015
Species: B. certekorum
Binomial name
Boreonykus certekorum
Bell & Curry, 2015

Boreonykus is a genus of coelurosaurian dromaeosaurid dinosaur, that lived during the late Cretaceous in the area of present Canada.[1] Boreonykus was one of seventeen dinosaur taxa from 2015 to not be described in open access or free-to-read journals.[2]

It was around 13 feet long and as tall as a dog. It had had long claws on its hands and feet that it likely used for hunting, and it is a relative of Velociraptor. It likely had feathers to keep it warm in the cold winters of northern Canada. The fossil was found in the Wapiti Formation near the city of Grande Prairie, central-western Alberta. Its closest ancestors were from Mongolia, so it likely crossed the land bridge from northern Asia to North America.[3]


  1. Bell, P. R., and P. J. Currie. 2015. A high-latitude dromaeosaurid, Boreonykus certekorum, gen. et sp. nov. (Theropoda), from the upper Campanian Wapiti Formation, west-central Alberta. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2015.1034359.
  2. "The Open Access Dinosaurs of 2015". PLOS Paleo. 
  3. Ryan M.J. and Russell, A.P., 2001, "The dinosaurs of Alberta (exclusive of Aves)", In: Tanke and Carpenter (eds.), Mesozoic Vertebrate Life: New Research Inspired by the Paleontology of Philip J. Currie, Indiana University Press, pp 279-297

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