Name: Zanabazar‭ (‬After the first spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism‭)‬.
Phonetic: Zah-nah-bah-zar.
Named By: Mark Norell et al.‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.
Synonyms: Saurornithoides junior
Classification: Chordata, ‭Reptilia.‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Troodontidae.
Species: Z.‭ ‬junior‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Type: Carnivore.
Size: Up to‭ ‬3‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Mongolia,‭ ‬Nemegt Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial skeleton.

       When the remains‭ ‬of Zanabazar were first studied in‭ ‬1974,‭ ‬it was taken to be another specimen of Sauromithoides.‭ ‬When re-examined in‭ ‬2009,‭ ‬the bones were found to be different,‭ ‬and were renamed Zanabazar,‭ ‬after the first spiritual head‭ (‬Jebtsundamba Khutuktu‭) ‬of Tibetan buddhism who lived between‭ ‬1635-1723.‭ With a skull length of‭ ‬272‭ ‬millimetres,‭ ‬Zanabazar is one of the larger troodontids.

Further reading
- A Review of the Mongolian Cretaceous Dinosaur Saurornithoides (Troodontidae: Theropoda). - American Museum Novitates 3654: 63. - M. A. Norell, P. J. Makovicky, G. S. Bever, A. M. Balanoff, J. M. Clark, R. Barsbold & T. Rowe - 2009.


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