(After the first spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism).
Named By: Mark Norell et al. - 2009.
Synonyms: Saurornithoides junior
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia. Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Troodontidae.
Species: Z. junior (type).
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.
- 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.