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TONGTIANLONG

an omnivorous oviraptorid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of China.
Pronunciation: tong-tee-yen-long
Meaning: Tongtian dragon
Author/s: Lü, Chen, Brusatte, et al. (2016)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Jiangxi Province, China
Chart Position: 781

Tongtianlong limosus

(Muddy Tongtian dragon)Etymology
Tongtianlong is derived from the Chinese Pinyin "Tongtian" (referring to Tongtianyan of Ganzhou; the first grotto south of the Yangtze River) and "long" (dragon). Tongtian also means "the road to heaven", which is a fitting epitaph for a deceased dinosaur preserved with outstretched arms. The species epithet, limosus, means "muddy" in Latin, and refers to the discovery of the holotype in a mudstone.
Discovery
The remains of Tongtianlong were discovered at the Nanxiong Formation at the building site of the No. 3 high school of Ganxian, near Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, southern China, by a local farmer. The holotype (DYM-2013-8) is a nearly complete, three-dimensionally preserved skeleton with skull and lower jaws.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Maastrichtian
Age range: 67-66 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Omnivore
References
• Junchang Lü, Rongjun Chen, Stephen L. Brusatte, Yangxiao Zhu & Caizhi Shen (2016) "A Late Cretaceous diversification of Asian oviraptorid dinosaurs: evidence from a new species preserved in an unusual posture". Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 35780
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Atkinson, L. "TONGTIANLONG :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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