A founder of the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology has been honoured after a dinosaur species was named after him for the second time.

The Albertavenator curriei, a feathered dinosaur, has been named after the famous Canadian paleontologist Philip Currie.

"It took a number of years until bits and pieces of this animal were found so there are 3 different localities in the Drumheller area where material was found in 1983, 1993 and 1996," outlined Dave Eberth with the Royal Tyrrell Museum, who worked alongside Currie in the early stages of his career.

Currently, Currie works at the University of Alberta as a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Dinosaur Paleobiology.

"Phil has spent his career working on meat eating dinosaurs," explained Eberth. "David Evans at the University of Toronto decided it would be very cool, now that they can put a name on this material, to name it after Phil Currie and honour his contributions and all the work he has done over the past 40 years."

The Albertavenator curriei, meaning Currie's Alberta hunter, has been discovered along the banks of the Red Deer River. New discoveries and comparisons of bones revealed that the species have a shorter and more robust skull than a Troodon.

"This belongs to a group called Troodontids, these are small dinosaurs, you could think of them as the size of a large dog," concluded Eberth.

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