Temporal range: Early Cretaceous
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Clade: Saurischia
Clade: Theropoda
Clade: Coelurosauria
Genus: Phaedrolosaurus
Dong, 1973
Type species
Phaedrolosaurus ilikensis
Dong, 1973

Phaedrolosaurus is a genus of theropod dinosaur, based on a single tooth possibly from the Valanginian-Albian-age Lower Cretaceous Lianmugin Formation of Wuerho, Xinjiang, China.

The tooth, IVPP V 4024-1, was in 1973 described and named by Dong Zhiming as a new genus and species. The type species is Phaedrolosaurus ilikensis. The generic name is derived from the Greek φαιδρός, phaidros, "elated", referring to the agility of the animal. The specific name refers to the Ilike Formation. Dong stated the thirty-one millimetre long tooth was like those of Deinonychus, albeit thicker, shorter, and more solid. He regarded the new genus as a possible dromaeosaurid.[1]

As part of the type material of this genus Dong described several skeletal elements from other sites, among them a partial, articulated right leg.[1] Because this latter limb material showed autapomorphies, distinctive characteristics, and there was no reason to connect it to the nondiagnostic tooth, Rauhut and Xu in 2005 gave this material its own name, Xinjiangovenator parvus. They also recommended regarding Phaedrolosaurus as a nomen dubium, a dubious name.[2] Because Dong had not designated a holotype among the several specimens in 1973 assigned to Phaedrolosaurus, in 1977 Hans-Dieter Sues had made the tooth the lectotype.[3]


  1. ^ a b Z.-M. Dong. (1973). [Dinosaurs from Wuerho]. Memoirs of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Academic Sinica 11:45-52. [Chinese]
  2. ^ Rauhut, O.W.M., and Xu, X. (2005). The small theropod dinosaurs Tugulusaurus and Phaedrolosaurus from the Early Cretaceous of Xinjiang, China. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25(1):107-118
  3. ^ Sues, H.-D., 1977, "The skull of Velociraptor mongoliensis, a small Cretaceous theropod dinosaur from Mongolia", Paläontologische Zeitschrift, 51: 173-184

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