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an omnivorous oviraptorid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia.
Pronunciation: ing-GAY-nee-a
Meaning: for Ingeni-Khobur
Author/s: Barsbold (1981)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Khermin Tsav, Mongolia
Chart Position: 235

Ingenia yanshini

Despite the name, so often mis-translated, "Ingenia" was not "ingenius", no more so than any other dinosaur of its time and place, though it did boast a few unique features that were lacking in its closest relatives. "Ingenia" was very Oviraptor-like but much smaller with shorter arms, very stout and strong hands, and its second and third fingers were thin and short but equal in length while its first (thumb) was twice as long, massive and wide with a large, curved claw. These specialized features suggest "Ingenia" was doing something that the rest of its family weren't but, in all honesty, no-one has any idea what that something was.

It's possible that the only specimen discovered thus far was a female. It was sat on a nest and the remains of its skull, such as they are, appear to lack any kind of headcrest (in most walks of life it's the males who like to strutt their stuff with showey-off accessories on their noggin). But the strangest thing about "Ingenia" has nothing to do with its appearance or its habits.

The name "Ingenia" is currently co-occupied by a marine roundworm - Ingenia mirabilis (hence the name being enclosed in quotes) which has owned the name for over fifty years, and because of International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature rules of priority a change is surely on the cards. In the scientific community (as well as being listed in the ICZN's "Code of Ethics") it is considered right and proper to allow the original author first dibs on a new name but Rinchen Barsbold, although well aware of the situation, doesn't appear to be in any rush to right his wrong.

Nevertheless, Jesse Easter coined Ajancingenia as a replacement in 2013 but the fanfare and rapturous applause were conspicuous by their absence because this wasn't ingenius either. Allegedly, Easter indulged in a spot of "taxonomic claim-jumping" by not consulting with Barsbold in advance, and committed a scientific faux-pas by "borrowing" large chunks of data from a fellow author without so much as a sniff of due credit. Granted, the latter may have been entirely the fault of brainless editors, but given the brouha caused by Drs Ivie, Ślipiński and Węgrzynowicz and the manner in which their Megapnosaurus ousted Mike Raath's Syntarsus from the roll call of dinosaurs in 2001 we're not convinced that this new name will be accepted by paleontologists.
"Ingenia" is derived from Ingeni-Khoboor, near which the type specimen was discovered. It doesn't mean genius or even ingenius.
The species epithet, yanshini, honors Aleksandr Leonidovich Yanshin (1911-1999), who was adviser and mentor to Barbsold during his time at the Paleontological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. The proposed replacement name, Ajancingenia, suffixes the original "Ingenia" with the Mongolian "ajanc" (traveller) as a Western allusion of sticking one’s thumb out ("Ingenia" has a huge thumb!) for hitchhiking.
The remains of "Ingenia" (the dinosaur) were discovered in the Barun Goyot Formation at Khermin Tsav, Ingeni-Khoboor, Bayanhongor Aimak (Province), Omnogovi, Southwestern Mongolia by Barsbold Rinchen.
The holotype (GIN AN MNR, #100/30) is a partial skeleton.
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Campanian-Maastrichtian
Age range: 85-66 mya
Est. max. length: 1.8 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 20 Kg
Diet: Omnivore
• Halszka Osmólska, Philip J. Currie, Rinchen Barsbold (2004) "Oviraptorosauria" in Weishampel, Dodson and Osmólska's "The Dinosauria: Second Edition". /uk.
• Rinchen Barsbold (1981) "Bezzubye khishchnye dinozavry Mongolii." (Toothless carnivorous dinosaurs of Mongolia.)
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Atkinson, L. "INGENIA :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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