Name: Beipiaognathus ‭(‬Beipiao jaw‭)‬.
Phonetic: Bey-peow-nay-fus.
Named By: Y.‭ ‬Hu,‭ ‬X.‭ ‬Wang‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬Huang‭ ‬-‭ ‬2016.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Compsognathidae.
Species: B.‭ ‬jii‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Liaoning Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Yixian Formation.
Time period: Early Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete specimen.

       Described as a compsognathid dinosaur in‭ ‬2016,‭ ‬the holotype Beipiaognathus has since been accused of being a fake.‭ ‬The theory is that the holotype is actually parts of many different creatures that an unscrupulous fossil dealer has stuck together in order to sell the fossil for more money.‭ ‬Unfortunately this is an often occurring practice fuelled by people who care more about money than science.‭ ‬At the time of writing the‭ ‘‬jury is still out‭’ ‬about the future of Beipiaognathus being genuine,‭ ‬though most people are being very cautious about it,‭ ‬hence it is usually referred to as a dubious genus.
       Several genera have had to have been salvaged from fossil fakers,‭ ‬one example being the spinosaurid dinosaur Irritator,‭ ‬the holotype skull of which had been artificially elongated before paleontologists set it right.‭ ‬Most famous of all though was the Archaeoraptor scandal that highlighted the damage faked fossils can do.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new species of compsognathid from the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation of Western Liaoning,‭ ‬China.‭ ‬Journal of Geology.‭ ‬40:‭ ‬191‭–‬196.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Y.‭ ‬Hu,‭ ‬X.‭ ‬Wang‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬Huang‭ ‬-‭ ‬2016.


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