Shanag

Name: Shanag ‭(‬named after the dancers in the Buddhist Cham dance‭)‬.
Phonetic: Shan-ag.
Named By: Alan Turner,‭ ‬Sunny Hai-Ching Hwang‭ & ‬Mark Norell‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Dromaeosauridae.
Species: S.‭ ‬ashile‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
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.

Further reading
-‭ ‬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.



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