Ovoo

Name: Ovoo ‭(‬maned after the cairns‭ (‬rock piles‭) ‬that mark trails in Mongolia‭)‬.
Phonetic: Oh-vu.
Named By: M.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Norell,‭ ‬K.-Q.‭ ‬Gao‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬Conrad‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Squamata,‭ ‬Varanidae.
Species: O.‭ ‬gurvel‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Insectivore.
Size: Unknown due to lack of fossil remains.
Known locations: Mongolia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Djadokhta Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.

       Although only known from a partial skull,‭ ‬Ovoo represents not only one of the smallest monitor lizards to ever live,‭ ‬but also one of the earliest appearances of a monitor lizard.‭ ‬Unfortunately because Ovoo is only known from an incomplete skull,‭ ‬it is very difficult to estimate the full body size of Ovoo because body proportions and lengths amongst different monitor lizards can vary a lot.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A New Platynotan Lizard‭ (‬Diapsida:‭ ‬Squamata‭) ‬from the Late Cretaceous Gobi Desert‭ (‬Ömnögov‭)‬,‭ ‬Mongolia.‭ ‬-‭ ‬American Museum Novitates‭ (‬3605‭)‬1-22.‭ ‬-‭ ‬M.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Norell,‭ ‬K.-Q.‭ ‬Gao‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬Conrad‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.



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