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Powellvenator
Pp-0
Reconstruction of Powellvenator podocitus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Dinosauria
Suborder: Theropoda
Superfamily: Coelophysoidea
Genus: Powellvenator
Ezcurra, 2017
Species
  • P. podocitus Ezcurra, 2017 (type)

Powellvenator is an extinct genus of coelophysoid theropod dinosaur that lived during the latter part of the Triassic Period in what is now northwestern Argentina. Fossils of the dinosaur were found in the Los Colorados Formation of the Ischigualasto-Villa Unión Basin. The type species, Powellvenator podocitus, was named by Martin Ezcurra in 2017.[1]

Discovery[]

The holotype, a pair of hindlegs, was discovered around 1972. The specimen was originally referred to the pseudosuchian Riojasuchus It was not named and classified as a dinosaur until 2017. The name of the genus honours the late palaeontologist Jaime Powell (1953-2016). The epithet means fast foot, although a more fitting epithet would have been "pedocitus" ("fast feet").

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