(recent jaw from Asia).
Named By: P. J. Currie, S. J. Godfrey & L. Nessov - 1994.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Oviraptorosauria, Caenagnathoidea, Caenagnathidae.
Species: C. martinsoni (type).
Size: Uncertain due to lack of fossil remains, but roughly estimated to be about 60 centimetres long..
Known locations: China. Uzbekistan - Bissekty Formation.
Time period: Turonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Initially only from partial jaw material, vertebrae and a femur have now also been attributed to the genus.
For a long time Caenagnathasia has been known from only jaw material, and even with the subsequent discovery of an upper leg bone and vertebrae, not much is known about this dinosaur. Two facts can however be established about Caenagnathasia. First, Caenagnathasia is one of if not the smallest oviraptosaur currently known. Second, Caenagnathasia is also one of earliest oviraptosaurs to appear in the fossils record.
- New caenagnathid (Dinosauria, Theropoda) specimens from the Upper Cretaceous of North America and Asia. - Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 30(10-11):2255-2272. - P. J. Currie, S. J. Godfrey & L. Nessov - 1994.