Troodon were small, smart, bird-like and feathered members of the theropod group of dinosaurs. Theropod is Greek for "beast foot", Troodon for "wounding tooth". Troodontids are very close relatives of modern birds.
Identification level: Genus
The theropods found in Alaska thus far are grouped into four main families that all lived during the Cretaceous Period: tyrannosaurids, troodontids, dromaesaurids and ornithomimids. Troodon teeth have been found throughout Alaska and Troodon footprints resemble some of the fossil theropod footprints in Denali, making it likely that Troodon was one variety of theropod that lived here.
What is for dinner?
Troodon were cunning and opportunistic in their feeding. They probably fed on anything they could snap up, preying heavily on smaller species and hunting the younger animals of the larger hadrosaur, ceratopsian, and pachycephalosaur species.
How do we know I lived in Denali?
Troodon had very large eyes and binocular vision! This may have provided a competitive advantage for hunting in the low light conditions of Alaskan twilight during winter months.
Last updated: August 15, 2016