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CORYTHORAPTOR

a casque-crested oviraptorid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of China's Jiangxi Province.
Pronunciation: koh-RITH-o-RAP-tuhr
Meaning: Helmeted plunderer
Author/s: Lü, et al. (2017)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Jiangxi Province, China
Chart Position: 805

Corythoraptor jacobsi

Corythoraptor is the seventh oviraptorid known from Ganzhou, but differs from the other six (Banji long, Jiangxisaurus ganzhouensis, Nankangia jiangxiensis, Ganzhousaurus nankangensis, Huanansaurus ganzhouensis, and Tongtianlong limosus) corythoraptor-headin having a very thin and highly pneumatic Cassowary-like crest or "helmet" which runs almost the full length of its noggin, a neck that is slightly longer than its forearms and fully twice as long as its back, and very wide nostrils. Based on the inner structure of its casque-like crest and its similarity to that of the modern Cassowary, it probably served similar purposes, being used as everything from a foraging tool and bellow amplifier to a billboard for advertising fitness and mojo during mating season. Known only from a single specimen which wasn't fully grown but, at roughly eight years old, wasn't far off either, Corythoraptor appears to be most closely related to Huanansaurus ganzhouensis, with both hailing from Ganzhou Railway Station, but the latter being described two years earlier.
(Jacobs' helmeted plunderer)Etymology
Corythoraptor is derived from Greek "koryth" (helmet; referring to its crest) and the Latin "raptor" (plunderer, snatcher, robber or thief). The species epithet, jacobsi, honors Professor Louis L. Jacobs who mentored three of the authors (Junchang Lü, Yuong-Nam Lee and Yoshitsugu Kobayashi) when they were Ph.D. students at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Discovery
The remains of Corythoraptor were discovered in the Nanxiong Formation in the vicinity of Ganzhou Railway Station, Ganzhou City, Jiangxi Province, southern China. The holotype (JPM-2015-001, housed at the Jinzhou Paleontological Museum, Jinzhou, Liaoning Province) is an almost complete skeleton with skull and lower jaw.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Maastrichtian
Age range: 71-66 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 2.5 meters
Est. max. hip height: 1 meters
Est. max. weight: 50 Kg
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Junchang Lü, Hanyong Pu, Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, Li Xu, Huali Chang, Yuhua Shang, Di Liu, Yuong-Nam Lee, Martin Kundrát and Caizhi Shen (2015) "A new oviraptorid dinosaur (Dinosauria: Oviraptorosauria) from the Late Cretaceous of southern China and its paleobiogeographical implications". Sci. Rep. 5, 11490; doi: 10.1038/srep11490 (2015).
Junchang Lü, Guoqing Li, Martin Kundrát, Yuong-Nam Lee, Zhenyuan Sun, Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, Caizhi Shen, Fangfang Teng and Hanfeng Liu (2017) "High diversity of the Ganzhou Oviraptorid Fauna increased by a new “cassowary-like” crested species". Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 6393 [*Image Credit*].
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