A team of paleontologists from the Philip J Currie Dinosaur Museum, the University of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum has added another species of bird-like feathered dinosaur to the prehistoric catalog, and this one was found in Canada.
Albertavenator curriei, as the paleontologists call the new dinosaur species, belongs to Troodontidae, a family of bird-like theropod dinosaurs.
It lived about 71 million years ago (Cretaceous period) in what is now Alberta, Canada.
Its specific name, curriei, honors the renowned Canadian paleontologist Dr. Philip J. Currie.
The bones of Albertavenator curriei were found in the badlands surrounding the Royal Tyrrell Museum, which Dr. Currie played a key role in establishing in the early 1980s.
Scientists initially thought that the dinosaur’s bones belonged to its close relative, Troodon inequalis, which lived around 5 million years earlier.
Both bird-like creatures walked on two legs, were covered in feathers, and were about the size of a person.
New comparisons of bones forming the top of the head reveal that Albertavenator curriei had a distinctively shorter and more robust skull than Troodon.