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YULONG

an omnivorous oviraptorid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of China.
Pronunciation: ee-yuh-long
Meaning: Henan Dragon
Author/s:et al. (2013)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Henan, China
Chart Position: 686

Yulong mini

Yulong, meaning "Henan Dragon", is a member of Oviraptoridae — the "egg snatchers" that did no such thing — and was named in 2013 based on remains from the Late Cretaceous Qiupa Formation in China's Henan Province.

Despite a name that conjures up a mythical beast of immense proportions, Yulong was only about the size of a chicken. Granted, all known specimens are juveniles and the second officially named non-flying dinosaur of 2013 will be sunk into oblivion if or when paleontolgists realise that the adult version has already been named something else, but in the meantime the study of its diddy frame brought an interesting fact to light; regardles of their age or size oviraptorids maintained the same hindlimb proportions, which is a growth pattern more common in herbivores than in carnivores.
(Little Henan Dragon)Etymology
Yulong is derived from the Chinese "Yù" (the one-character pinyin abbreviation of Henan Province) and "long" (dragon).
The species epithet, mini, refers to its small size.
Discovery
The remains of Yulong were discovered in the Qiupa Formation, Qiupa, Luanchuan Basin, Henan Province, China. The holotype (HGM 41HIII-0107) is an exceptionally well-preserved skeleton, complete with skull and lower jaws.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Cenomanian-Maastrichtian
Age range: 99-66 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Junchang Lü, Philip J. Currie, Li Xu, Xingliao Zhang, Hanyong Pu & Songhai Jia (2013) "Chicken-sized oviraptorid dinosaurs from central China and their ontogenetic implications".
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Atkinson, L. "YULONG :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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