"Pectinodon are small, predatory dinosaurs specialised to a nocturnal lifestyle. Their large, forward-facing eyes and acute hearing abilities make them especially adept at hunting prey at night, almost like a flightless owl. Their killing style, however, more closely resembles the modern secretary bird: long legs allowing it to chase down small mammals before dispatching them with the large claws on its feet. Pectinodon are omnivorous and will also eat plants and eggs."

Saurian: A Field Guide to Hell Creek

Pectinodon is a genus of dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous period (66 mya). It currently contains a single species, Pectinodon bakkeri (once classified as Troodon bakkeri), known mainly from teeth, as well as fragments of juvenile skeletons and eggshells. Pectinodon is slated for appearance in the video game Saurian.[1]


In 1982, Kenneth Carpenter named a number of theropod teeth from the late Maastrichtian Lance Formation of Wyoming as the type species Pectinodon bakkeri. The generic name is derived from Latin pecten, "comb", and Greek ὀδών, odon, "tooth", in reference to the comb-like serrations on the rear edge of the teeth. The specific name honors Robert Thomas Bakker.

The holotype, UCM 38445, consists of a 6.2 millimetres long tooth. The paratypes include other teeth and also a front dentary and a lower braincase. In 1985 Lev Nesov named a second species: Pectinodon asiamericanus based on specimen CCMGE 49/12176, a tooth from the Khodzhakul Formation of Uzbekistan, dating from the Cenomanian. This is today often considered a nomen dubium.

While historically considered synonymous with Troodon or more specifically the species Troodon formosus, Philip Currie and colleagues (1990) noted that the P. bakkeri fossils from the Hell Creek Formation and Lance Formation might belong to different species. In 1991, George Olshevsky assigned the Lance formation fossils to the species Troodon bakkeri. In 2011, Zanno and colleagues reviewed the convoluted history of troodontid classification in Late Cretaceous North America. They followed Longrich (2008) in treating Pectinodon bakkeri as a valid genus, and noted that it is likely the numerous Late Cretaceous specimens currently assigned to Troodon formosus almost certainly represent numerous new species, but that a more thorough review of the specimens is required.

In 2013 Currie and Derek Larson concluded that Pectinodon bakkeri was valid and its teeth could be found both in the Lance Formation and the coeval Hell Creek Formation. Some teeth from the older Campanian Dinosaur Park Formation could not be statistically differentiated from them, likely due to an insufficiently large sample, and were referred to a cf. Pectinodon.

In Saurian Edit

Pectinodon is expected to be in Saurian as an AI, but it is currently absent in the game. It is portrayed with feathers on pretty much all of the body, including wings on the forearms and a tail fan on the tail. Its' color is mainly black with white cheeks, reddish-brown tail, wings and snout, and sliver feet.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Excrepted from Part 2 of the September 19, 2016 livestream at 00:21:11:
    hitchcockzoo : @SaurianGame I know Torosaurus won't be in the game, but will Troodon?
    SaurianGame\s : No Troodon, just Pectinodon
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