Named By: Y. Yang, W. Wu, P. Dieudonné & P. Godefroit - 2020.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Ornithopoda.
Species: C. liaoningensis (type).
Size: At least 117 centimetres long.
Known locations: China - Yixian Formation.
Time period: Early Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete skeletons of at least two individuals.
is a genus of small ornithopod dinosaur that lived in Asia during the
early Cretaceous. The genus was described in 2020 upon the
description of two individuals whose level of preservation can only be
described as exceptional. The describers speculated that these
individuals may have been buried alive in their own burrows, and
because this would have protected them from the ravages of erosion and
scavengers pulling the bodies apart, these two dinosaurs not only
still had their skeletons articulated but also three dimensionally
- A new basal ornithopod dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of China. - PeerJ. 8: e9832. - Y. Yang, W. Wu, P. Dieudonné & P. Godefroit - 2020.