Heyuannia

Name: Heyuannia ‭(‬Heyan one‭)‬.
Phonetic: Hey-u-an-ne-ah.
Named By: J.‭ ‬Lü‭ ‬-‭ ‬2003.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Oviraptorosauria,‭ ‬Oviraptoridae,‭ ‬Oviraptorinae.
Species: H.‭ ‬huangi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Uncertain.
Size: At least‭ ‬1.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Guangdong Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Dalangshan Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull,‭ ‬mandible and most of the post cranial skeleton.

       Found almost complete,‭ ‬Heyuannia was the first oviraptorid to be discovered within the borders of mainland China,‭ ‬specifically Guangdong Province.‭ ‬Up until the description of Heyuannia,‭ ‬other Asian oviraptorids were all discovered in Mongolia.‭ ‬Going by the holotype individual,‭ ‬Heyuannia seems to have been a small mid-sized genus of oviraptorid.‭ ‬The skull of Heyuannia is noted as being toothless,‭ ‬which again like other genera of oviraptorids,‭ ‬means that the exact of diet of Heyuannia is uncertain in the absence of confirmed stomach contents.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new oviraptorosaurid‭ (‬Theropoda:‭ ‬Oviraptorosauria‭) ‬from the Late Cretaceous of southern China.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬22‭(‬4‭)‬:871-875.‭ ‬-‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Lü‭ ‬-‭ ‬2003.



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