Sinraptor is one of those dinosaurs which is very well known in professional circles, but largely unknown outside of it. While this might sound pretty obvious (how many of the general public can name more than Tyrannosaurus-Triceratops-Stegosaurus-Diplodocus?) the point is that Sinraptor *should* be a bit better known. This is because it is a near complete specimen (apart from the arms and bits of the tail and a few ribs it’s pretty much all there) in excellent condition and has been described in great detail relatively recently. That makes it an excellent source of information for anyone wanting to describe theropods or analyse them and this is a service it regularly provides.
I’m going into any more details here at this time, I really just wanted to put up this nice photo of the mount that was made of the skeleton and is on display at the IVPP (inside I should point out, this was when it was wheeled out for Oliver Rauhut and I to have a look at it). The mount is, in theory, great – really dynamic, dramatic and nicely showing off the idea of a skeleton being discovered entombed in rock. In practice however, it’s a bit of a nightmare to say the least with bones actively trapped in the damned fake rock so you can’t see them properly, something that is surprisingly common.