Pronunciation: drah-KO-veh-NAY-tuhr Meaning: Dragon hunter Author/s: Yates (2006) Synonyms: None known First Discovery: Cape Province, South Africa Chart Position: 468
Dracovenator is known from terribly fragmentary remains — a long, low and kinked "coelophysoidy" snout and a lower jaw with weird lumps and bumps sprouting out of it — that were discovered by James Kitching and Regent "Lucas" Huma in the Upper Elliot Formation of Eastern Cape Province.
(Regent's dragon hunter) EtymologyDracovenator is derived from the Latin "draco" (dragon) and the Latin "venator" (hunter) which refers to both its probable carnivorous tendencies and its discovery in the foothills of Drakensberg ("Dragon’s Mountain" in Dutch).
The species epithet, regenti, honors Professor Kitching’s long-term field assistant and friend, the late Regent "Lucas" Huma.
DiscoveryThe only known fossils of Dracovenator were discovered at "Upper Drumbo Farm" in the upper Elliot Formation of Eastern Cape Province (Östra Kapprovinsen), South Africa, by James Kitching and Regent "Lucas" Huma.
The holotype (BP/1/5243) is a fragmentary skull.