(Yu dragon -Yu is the one character abbreviation for Henan
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).
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.
- 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.