Named By: Nicholas R. Longrich, Ken Barnes, Scott Clark & Larry Millar - 2013.
Synonyms: Ornithomimus elegans.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Oviraptorosauria, Caenagnathoidea, Caenagnathidae, Caenagnathinae.
Species: L. gaddisi (type), L. elegans.
Size: Details unavailable.
Known locations: Canada, Alberta - Dinosaur Park Formation. USA, Texas - Aguja Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Remains of a few individuals.
is based upon the description of caenagnathid remains discovered in the
Aguaja Formation of Texas, establishing the type species L.
At the same time as this description, fossils from the Dinosaur Park
Formation of Alberta and originally attributed as a species of
O. elegans, have also been re-described as a
species as the second species of Leptorhynchos, L.
Like with other oviraptosaurs, Leptorhynchos would have been a bipedal theropod, probably with feathers. Rather than a mouth full of sharp teeth, Leptorhynchos would have had a toothless beak which could have been used in eating either plants or small animals, making the exact dietary preference (if any) of Leptorhynchos near impossible to determine at this time. Leptorhynchos is noted for its small size, a beak that upturns slightly at the tip and the deepness of the mandible (lower jaw). L. gaddisi differs from L. elegans not only in its geographic distribution, but by having a beak that is narrower and less upturned than L. elegans.
In the 2013 description, Longrich et al. used the paper to further point out the probability that dinosaurs like Leptorhynchos which displayed subtle differences between species and genera were probably niche specialists rather than being generalists in their ecosystems.
- Caenagnathidae from the Upper Campanian Aguja Formation of West Texas, and a Revision of the Caenagnathinae, Nicholas R. Longrich, Ken Barnes, Scott Clark & Larry Millar - 2013.