An artist's illustration of K. kulla
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
clade: Dinosauria
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Dromaeosauridae
Subfamily: Velociraptorinae
Genus: Kuru
Napoli et al., 2021
Type species
Kuru kulla
Napoli et al., 2021

Kuru is an extinct genus of Dromaeosaurian theropod from the Upper Cretaceous of Mongolia. It was discovered in Khulsan, Gobi Desert in 1991 and was informally dubbed "Airakoraptor" thanks to a fictitious bibliographic entry in the bibliography of the paper describing Achillobator titled "Morphology Dromaeosaurian dinosaur-Airakoraptor from the upper cretaceous of Mongolia". However, the 1991 volume of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology contains no such publication, and this bibliographic entry is erroneous and a typo for an SVP 1992 abstract titled "New Dromaeosaur material from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia". The specimen informally dubbed "Airakoraptor", IGM 100/981, which was reported in the SVP abstract, was formally named Kuru kulla by Napoli et al. (2021) and is a member of Velociraptorinae along with Velociraptor, Linheraptor, and Tsaagan.


Napoli, James G.; Ruebenstahl, Alexander A.; Bhullar, Bhart-Anjan S.; Turner, Alan H.; Norell, Mark A. (2021-11). "A New Dromaeosaurid (Dinosauria: Coelurosauria) from Khulsan, Central Mongolia". American Museum Novitates. 2021 (3982): 1–47. doi:10.1206/3982.1. hdl:2246/7286. ISSN 0003-0082.

Norell, Clark and Perle, 1992. New dromaeosaur material from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 12(3): 45A.

Norell and Makovicky, 1999. Important features of the dromaeosaurid skeleton II: Information from newly collected specimens of Velociraptor mongoliensis. American Museum Novitates 3282, 45 pp.

Perle, Norell and Clark, 1999. A new maniraptoran Theropod - Achillobator giganticus (Dromaeosauridae) - from the Upper Cretaceous of Burkhant, Mongolia. Contribution no. 101 of the Mongolian-American Paleontological Project. 1-105.