Machairasaurus

Name: Machairasaurus ‭(‬short scimitar lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Mak-air-ar-sor-us.
Named By: N.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Longrich,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Currie‭ & ‬Z.-M.‭ ‬Dong‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Maniraptora,‭ ‬Oviraptorosauria,‭ ‬Oviraptoridae,‭ ‬Ingeniinae.
Species: M.‭ ‬leptonychus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Omnivore‭?
Size: Roughly about‭ ‬90‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: China‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bayan Mandahu Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of a few individuals.

       Machairasaurus is a genus of oviraptorid dinosaur that lived in China during the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬Machairasaurus was so named from the claws on its fingers which are curved like scimitar swords.‭ ‬It is speculated that these claws may have allowed Machairasaurus to pull and manipulate plant branches or possibly even dig out roots.‭ ‬Machairasaurus has been considered to be a close relative to the genera Conchoraptor,‭ ‬Heyuannia,‭ ‬and Nemegtomaia.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new oviraptorid‭ (‬Dinosauria:‭ ‬Theropoda‭) ‬from the Upper Cretaceous of Bayan Mandahu,‭ ‬Inner Mongolia.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Palaeontology‭ ‬53‭(‬5‭)‬:945-960.‭ ‬-‭ ‬N.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Longrich,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Currie‭ & ‬Z.-M.‭ ‬Dong‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.



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