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HUAXIAGNATHUS

a meat-eating compsognathid theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of China.
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Pronunciation: hwah-shahg-NATH-us
Meaning: Chinese Jaw
Author/s: Hwang et al. (2004)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Beipiao, China
Chart Position: 448

Huaxiagnathus orientalis

Etymology
Huaxiagnathus is derived from "Hua Xia" (an ancient Mandarin name for China) and the Greek "gnathos" (jaw).
The species epithet, orientalis, in Latin, means of or from the east.
Discovery
The first remains of Huaxiagnathus were discovered in the Yixian Formation at Dabangou Village, Sihetun Area, near Beipiao City, Liaoning Province, China, by local farmers.
The holotype (CAGS-IG-02-301) (mistakenly assigned the specimen number CAGS 30-2-035 in the Hwang et al. 2002b poster presentation) is a nearly complete skeleton missing the end of its tail, preserved on five large stone slabs.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Cretaceous
Stage: Aptian
Age range: 125-120 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 1.8 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 20 Kg
Diet: Carnivore
References
• Hwang SH, Norell MA, Ji Q and Gao K (2004) "A large compsognathid from the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation of China". Journal of Systematic Palaentology 2(1): 13–30.
• Long J and Schouten P (2009) "Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of Birds".
• Holtz TR Jr (2008) "The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages".
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Atkinson, L. "HUAXIAGNATHUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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