(named after the dancers in the Buddhist Cham dance).
Named By: Alan Turner, Sunny Hai-Ching Hwang & Mark Norell - 2007.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Dromaeosauridae.
Species: S. ashile (type).
Size: Roughly about 1.5 meter long.
Known locations: Mongolia - Öösh Formation (previously Ashile Formation).
Time period: Berriasian-Barremian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial upper and lower jaws.
When Shanag was first described the genus was described as a member of the Dromaeosauridae, but later studies have refined this further to suggest that Shanag was closer to dromaeosaurid genera such as Microraptor. So far Shanag is only known from partial jaw material, but analysis and comparisons to other related genera suggests that Shanag would have been a small predator about one and a half meters long.
- A small derived theropod from Öösh, Early Cretaceous, Baykhangor Mongolia. - American Museum Novitates 3557:1-27. - A. H. Turner, S. H. Hwang & M. A. Norell - 2007.