Yulong

Name: Yulong ‭(‬Yu dragon‭ ‬-Yu is the one character abbreviation for Henan Province‭)‬.
Phonetic: Yu-long.
Named By: Junchang Lü,‭ ‬Philip J.‭ ‬Currie,‭ ‬Li Xu,‭ ‬Xingliao Zhang,‭ ‬Hanyong Pu‭ & ‬Songhai Jia‭ ‬-‭ ‬2013.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurichia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ Oviraptosauria.
Species: Y.‭ ‬mini‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Omnivore‭?
Size: Up to‭ ‬50‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Henan Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Qiupa Formation.
Time period: Late Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Remains from five individuals together representing the skull and post cranial skeleton.‭ ‬Eggs and at least one embryo are also known.

       Yulong was a Late Cretaceous oviraptosaur,‭ ‬and one that was positively tiny,‭ ‬especially when compared to the‭ ‬very large oviraptosaur genera like Gigantoraptor.‭ ‬Unfortunately,‭ ‬the exact age of the Qiupa Formation is currently unknown at the time of writing,‭ ‬but we can say that Yulong probably lived in the same ecosystems as other dinosaurs such as the ornithomimid Qiupalong and the dromaeosaurid Luanchuanraptor.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Chicken-sized oviraptorid dinosaurs from central China and their ontogenetic implications,‭ ‬Junchang Lü,‭ ‬Philip J.‭ ‬Currie,‭ ‬Li Xu,‭ ‬Xingliao Zhang,‭ ‬Hanyong Pu‭ & ‬Songhai Jia‭ ‬-‭ ‬2013.



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