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Yet another new Chinese mystery dino

From: Ben Creisler bh480@scn.org
Yet another new Chinese mystery dino

OK--I can't determine from this translation (generated by 
software?) if this new dinosaur is supposed to be a 
dromaeosaur or a therizinosaur--"polyphagia" could 
mean "voracious" or "omnivorous" and "wiry" teeth could 
be "thin and narrow" I guess. I'll try looking at the 
Chinese character version and see if it clarifies the odd 

China Discovers Fossil of New Genus Dinosaur.  HUHHOT, 
November 23 (XINHUA NEWS AGENCY): 
A group of Chinese paleontologists today announced that 
they have discovered some fossils that belong to a new 
genus of dinosaur. 
They have named the new genus as "Inner Mongolia 
Zhao Xijin, a paleontologist from the Institute of Ancient 
Amniotes and Ancient Humans under the Chinese Academy of 
Sciences, told Xinhua that the fossils were discovered in 
the Erlian Basin in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous 
"It belongs to the sickle-shaped [sic] dinosaur, but is 
not similar with those that already have been discovered," 
Zhao said. 
He and his group estimated that the neck of the dinosaur 
was about 0.7 meters, "however, the other sickle-shaped 
dinosaurs that have already been discovered usually had 
short necks." 
"It had at least 14 neck vertebras," Zhao said, adding 
that its neck was the longest among those of the same 
The research on the fossils has been going on for more 
than one year after they were discovered in August of last 
According to the scientists, the newly discovered dinosaur 
lived some 80 million years ago and was a kind of moderate 
or small sized polyphagia [sic] dinosaur, about 2 meters 
long and less than one meter high, with a narrow long head 
and neck, hook-shaped claws, wiry [sic] teeth and lanky 
The Erlian Basin is located in the north border area 
between China and Mongolia. It is rich in oil resources 
and is the place where the first dinosaur fossil was found 
in 1893.