Name: Banji ‭(‬striped crest‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ban-jee.
Named By: X.‭ ‬Xu‭ & ‬F.-L.‭ ‬Han‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Oviraptorosauria,‭ ‬Oviraptoridae,‭ ‬Oviraptorinae.
Species: B.‭ ‬long‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Omnivore‭?
Size: Sometimes credtied as being about‭ ‬65‭ ‬centimetres long,‭ ‬but this figure is highly speculative given that at the time of writing this dinosur is only known from a single skull which is also from a juvenile.
Known locations: China‭ ‬-‭ ‬Nanxiong Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete skull and lower jaw,‭ ‬potentially from a juvenile.

       Banji is a genus of small oviraptorid dinosaur that lived in China During the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬The name Banji translates as‭ (‬striped crest‭)‬,‭ ‬and is a reference to the striations that run vertically along the crest.‭ ‬Another feature seen in the holotype skull is that the nasal opening is by proportion unusually large when compared to other oviraptosaur genera.‭ ‬This large opening might be a result of the skull being that of a juvenile and still growing to size and proportion,‭ ‬however only a complete adult skull would confirm this one way or another.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new oviraptorid dinosaur‭ (‬Theropoda:‭ ‬Oviraptorosauria‭) ‬from the Upper Cretaceous of‭ ‬-‭ ‬China.‭ ‬Vertebrata PalAsiatica‭ ‬48‭(‬1‭)‬:11-18.‭ ‬-‭ ‬X.‭ ‬Xu‭ & ‬F.-L.‭ ‬Han‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.


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