|Named By:||Novas in 1996|
|Time Period:||Late Cretaceous|
|Location:||Argentina, Neuquen Province - Neuquen Formation, Portezuelo Member|
|Size:||Estimates to be 2 meters long|
|Fossil(s):||Partial post cranial remains|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Reptilia | Dinosauria | Saurischia | Theropoda | Coelurosauria | Maniraptoriformes | Alvarezsauroidea | Alvarezsauridae | Patagonykinae ||
Patagonykus is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of Argentina. This alvarezsaur was discovered in exposures of the Portezuelo Member (Turonian-Coniacian) of the Rio Neuquen Formation in the Neuquen Province of Argentina. The holotype consists of an incomplete but well-preserved skeleton, lacking a skull, but including many vertebrae, the coracoids, a partial forelimb, pelvic girdle, and hindlimbs. Patagonykus ("Patagonian claw") has been classed with the Alvarezsauridae, a family which includes such taxa as the Mongolian Mononykus and the Argentinian Alvarezsaurus. Patagonykus is estimated to have been approximately two meters in length.