Tsaagan

Name: Tsaagan ‭(‬White monster‭).
Phonetic: Sar-gan.
Named By: Mark Norell,‭ ‬James Clark,‭ ‬Alan Turner,‭ ‬Peter Makovicky,‭ ‬Rinchen Barsbold‭ & ‬Timothy Rowe‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Deinonychosauria,‭ ‬Dromaeosauridae,‭ ‬Velociraptorinae.
Species: T.‭ ‬mangas‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Estimated to be around‭ ‬2‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Mongolia,‭ ‬Ömnögovi Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Djadokhta Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull and cervical‭ (‬neck‭) ‬vertebrae and shoulder girdle.

       Originally thought to be another specimen of Velociraptor,‭ ‬a CAT scan in‭ ‬1998‭ ‬revealed that the fossil was of a new though closely related genus.‭ ‬Additional study of Tsaagan has indicated that it is most closely related to Linheraptor.‭ ‬Tsaagan probably lived and hunted like most other small Asian dromaeosaurids,‭ ‬hunting either other small dinosaurs as well as possibly smaller vertebrates such as lizards or even small mammals like Zalambdalestes.

Further reading
- A new dromaeosaurid theropod from Ukhaa Tolgod (Ömnögov, Mongolia). - American Museum Novitates 3545:1-25. - M. A. Norell, J. M. Clark, A. H. Turner, P. J. Makovicky, R. Barsbold & T. Rowe - 2006.



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