(Qiupa Formation claw).
Named By: Chang, S.-H. Jia, J. M. Zhang, D.-S. Gao, Y.-Y. Zhang, C.-J. Zhang & F. Ding - 2018.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Alvarezsauridae, Parvicursorinae.
Species: Q. zhangi (type).
Known locations: China, Henan - Qiupa Formation.
Time period: Late Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton.
is a genus of alvarezasurid
dinosaur that lived in Asia towards the
end of the Cretaceous. Eggs of oviraptorid dinosaurs found near the
holotype skeleton of Qiupanykus have led the
describers of the genus
that maybe Qiupanykus, and perhaps other
alvarezsaurs, used the
stout claws on their forelimbs to punch holes in dinosaur eggs to eat
the insides of them.
- A new alvarezsaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Qiupa Formation of Luanchuan, Henan Province, central China. - China Geology 1:28-35. J.-C. Lu, L. Xu, H.-L. Chang, S.-H. Jia, J. M. Zhang, D.-S. Gao, Y.-Y. Zhang, C.-J. Zhang & F. Ding - 2018.