Though it has made many appearances in popular culture in the late 20th and early 21st century, analyses in 2017 have found the genus to be undiagnostic and referred some of these specimens to the genus Stenonychosaurus (long believed to be synonymous with Troodon) and others to the newly created genus Latenivenatrix.
Troodon are small feathered theropods. They have large orange eyes on narrow skulls with exposed upper teeth. They are mostly brown, although individuals may vary in shade. A lighter shade of brown exists on the snout, underbelly, and scales.
In Dinosaur PlanetEdit
Three Troodon are first seen unsuccessfully hunting a herd of Orodromeus. The scout spots them and they chase after them. They are slowed down by a small hill, so they don't injure themselves. The hunt ends early when a geyser shoots from the ground underneath one of the Troodon, killing it and the other Troodon retreat. Another pack is later seen drinking from a lake and they catch the scent of Orodromeus. But they go the wrong way, missing the herd of Orodromeus hiding nearby (this scene was cut out on the Essential Dinosaur Pack version of the episode). They then watch the Quetzalcoatlus return to their nesting grounds. The pack from the beginning appears again during the volcanic eruption, with one being killed by a falling lava bomb and the last one killed in a pyroclastic flow.
- The Troodon's hands are occasionally shown facing downward, which no theropod was capable of doing in reality.
- The Troodon's heads are actually triangle-shaped rather than rectangle-shaped.
- Some believe Troodon to be omnivorous and nocturnal.
- The Troodon share the same model as the Dwarf Troodonts from Pod's Travels but with a different color scheme.
- The Troodon's sound effects are re-used Coelophysis sound effects from When Dinosaurs Roamed America.