Beibeilong

Summary

Beibeilong
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, Cenomanian–Turonian
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"Baby Louie" in the Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Clade: Saurischia
Clade: Theropoda
Family: Caenagnathidae
Genus: Beibeilong
Pu et al., 2017
Type species
Beibeilong sinensis
Pu et al., 2017

Beibeilong (Chinese Pinyin for "baby dragon") is an extinct genus of oviraptorosaurian dinosaur. The genus contains a single species B. sinensis, named in 2017 by Pu and colleagues based on a nest with a possible embryo (nicknamed "Baby Louie") and eggs that were discovered in the Henan province of China in 1993. It was similar to but more basal than Gigantoraptor, and may have been of similar size as an adult. This result was consistently recovered by phylogenetic analyses incorporating ontogenetically variable characteristics, which led Pu et al. to conclude that they were distinct taxa.[1]

Restoration of the embryo

See also

References

  1. ^ Pu, H.; Zelenitsky, D.K.; Lü, J.; Currie, P.J.; Carpenter, K.; Xu, L.; Koppelhus, E.B.; Jia, S.; Xiao, L.; Chuang, H.; Li, T.; Kundrát, M.; Shen, C. (2017). "Perinate and eggs of a giant caenagnathid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of central China". Nature Communications. 8: 14952. doi:10.1038/ncomms14952. PMC 5477524. PMID 28486442.