Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Favorite Maniraptor of 2010 Results

Last year I put up a poll on the blog for everyone's favorite newly-named maniraptor genus. Here's a pie chart showing the results.

Balaur won, what a surprise (by which I mean not a surprise at all). Fortunately, Haplocheirus came in second place, followed by Linheraptor. I was surprised to see that Xixianykus had gotten a (comparatively) decent amount of votes.

Now, the time has come for a new poll. I have tried to avoid taxa that are technically still in press and will probably be officially published later this year. We didn't get a double-killing-clawed dromaeosaurid last year, so this one looks somewhat more unpredictable. Let the voting begin!

Edit: Pamparaptor is misspelled on the poll. As I can no longer edit the poll, it'll be there for the rest of the year.


  1. I can see how Balaur won last time--personally I'd pick anything that's unique in terms of life appearance or ecology over, say, just another parvicursorine or something (though I'd probably have gone with Shanweiniao last year!)

    In that spirit I'm picking Qiliania the (possibly) semi-aquatic enantiornithine! I predict Xiaotingia will win though.

  2. Pampraptor - nice typo! I have to go with this one.

  3. I knew I shouldn't have typed up the poll in a matter of ten minutes. As I can no longer edit the poll (because there have been votes), I suppose that typo will haunt me for the rest of the year.

  4. I also predict that Xiaotingia would win; it's probably either it or Talos.

  5. I dislike the name a bit, and would rather follow Hans Sues in not using it for the moment, but I think I will have to level my vote in favor of oviraptorosaurs in general (what a shock!) and plug Epichirostenotes curriei.

  6. Linheraptor (for it beauty) & Talos (for it informativeness) were my maniraptors of 2010 & 2011, respectively.