Nemegtomaia

Name: Nemegtomaia ‭(‬Nemegt mother‭)‬.
Phonetic: Nem-egt-o-my-ah.
Named By: J.‭ ‬Lü,‭ ‬Y.‭ ‬Tomida,‭ ‬Y.‭ ‬Azuma,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬Dong‭ & ‬Y.-N.‭ ‬Lee‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
Synonyms: Nemegtia barsboldi.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Maniraptora,‭ ‬Oviraptorosauria.
Species: N.‭ ‬barsboldi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Uncertain.
Size: Roughly up to about‭ ‬1.2‭ ‬meters long‭ (‬not including feathers‭)‬.
Known locations: Mongolia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Barun Goyot Formation,‭ ‬Nemegt Formation.
Time period: Campanian to Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of several individuals.

       Nemegtomaia was originally named Nemegtia in‭ ‬2004,‭ ‬but it was soon realised that this name had already been used to name another animal.‭ ‬So in‭ ‬2005‭ ‬the describers renamed it Nemegtomaia to avoid confusion.‭ ‬Nemegtomaia is a genus of oviraptorid dinosaur that lived in what is now Mongolia during the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬At a little over one meter in length,‭ ‬Nemegtomaia was actually within the smaller end of the scale for an oviraptosaur.‭ ‬Like with other oviraptosaurs,‭ ‬we can be sure that Nemegtomaia would have had feathers covering most to all of its body,‭ ‬but we cannot be certain about what it ate,‭ ‬because the beak like mouth would have been useful for feeding upon either small animals and/or plants.‭ ‬Nemegtomaia has a noted similarity to the genus Citipati,‭ ‬though there is no question that the two are separate genera.

Further reading
-‭ ‬New oviraptorid dinosaur‭ (‬Dinosauria:‭ ‬Oviraptorosauria‭) ‬from the Nemegt Formation of southwestern Mongolia.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bulletin of the National Science Museum,‭ ‬Tokyo,‭ ‬Series C‭ ‬30:‭ ‬95-130.‭ ‬-‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Lü,‭ ‬Y.‭ ‬Tomida,‭ ‬Y.‭ ‬Azuma,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬Dong‭ & ‬Y.-N.‭ ‬Lee‭ ‬-‭ ‬2004.
-‭ ‬Nemegtomaia gen.‭ ‬nov.,‭ ‬a replacement name for the oviraptorosaurian dinosaur Nemegtia Lü et al.,‭ ‬2004,‭ ‬a preoccupied name.‭ ‬Bulletin of the National Science Museum,‭ ‬Tokyo,‭ ‬Series C‭ ‬31:51‭ ‬-‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Lü,‭ ‬Y.‭ ‬Tomida,‭ ‬Y.‭ ‬Azuma,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬Dong‭ & ‬Y.-N.‭ ‬Lee‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
-‭ ‬New Specimens of Nemegtomaia from the Baruungoyot and Nemegt Formations‭ (‬Late Cretaceous‭) ‬of Mongolia‭ ‬-‭ ‬PLoS ONE,‭ ‬7‭(‬2‭ ‬-‭ ‬Federico Fanti,‭ ‬Philip J.‭ ‬Currie‭ & ‬Demchig Badamgarav‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.



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