The Dinosaurs - Yaverlandia, an Isle of Wight Maniraptoran theropod


an Isle of Wight Maniraptoran theropod

Troodontid skeleton, similar to how Yaverlandia may have appeared


From Yaverland


90 cm (3 feet)


Maniraptora, Gauthier, 1986

Yaverlandia bilothus Galton, 1971b


Yaverlandia is known from two partial skull roofs, comprising both frontals and parts of the right postorbital and left orbitosphenoid. The frontals are thickened, albeit mildly compared to most pachycephalosaurs, and display low “domes”. The frontal is not excluded from the edge of the orbit by the prefrontal, and the supratemporal fenestra is not constricted to any extent by the postorbital. The dorsal surface is pitted, especially rostrally. However, Yaverlandia lacks shared-derived features in common with pachycephalosaurs, and most people who examine the material have noticed this. Recent work has shown Yaverlandia to be a maniraptoran theropod, more specifically a troodontid.

NAISH, D. and MARTILL, D. M. 2001b. Boneheads and horned dinosaurs. In MARTILL, D. M. and NAISH, D (eds). Dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight. The Palaeontological Association. Field Guide to Fossils 10. 133-146.

NAISH, D. 2011. Theropod dinosaurs. In Batten, D. J. (ed.) English Wealden Fossils. The Palaeontological Association (London), pp. 526-559.