(after the Luoyang prefecture).
Named By: J. Lu, L. Xu, X. Jiang, S. Jia, M. Li, C. Yuan, X. Zhang & Q. Ji - 2009.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Oviraptorosauria, Oviraptoridae.
Species: L. liudianensis (type).
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains.
Known locations: China, Henan Province - Mangchuan Formation.
Time period: Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Mandible and partial post cranial remains of the pelvis and some metatarsals.
Yet another oviraptosaur from the late Cretaceous of Asia, the partial remains of Luoyanggia make it hard to establish an accurate size for the genus, though it is noted to be towards the smaller end of the oviraptosaur size spectrum. Luoyanggia is usually placed within the Oviraptoridae, the same assignment as the original describers. However at least one palaeontologist (Andrea Cau) has suggested that Luoyanggia is more primitive in form to the other members of the Oviraptoridae, and should instead be placed only as far as the Oviraptorosauria.
- A preliminary report on the new dinosaurian fauna from the Cretaceous of the Ruyang Basin, Henan Province of central China, J. Lu, L. Xu, X. Jiang, S. Jia, M. Li, C. Yuan, X. Zhang & Q. Ji - 2009.