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Nemegtia barsboldi

Hi All -

Apparently, the _Apatosaurus_ monograph wasn't the only dinosaur thing to come out of Japan late last year:

Lü, J., Tomida, Y., Azuma, Y., Dong, Z., and Lee, Y.-N. 2004. New oviraptorid dinosaur (Dinosauria: Oviraptorosauria) from the Nemegt Formation of southwestern Mongolia. Bulletin of the National Science Museum of Tokyo Series C (Geology & Paleontology) 30:95-130.

_Nemegtia barsboldi_ gen. et sp. nov. here described is a new oviraptorid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous (mid-Maastrichtian) Nemegt Formation of southwestern Mongolia. It differs from other oviraptorids in the skull having a well-developed crest, the anterior margin of which is nearly vertical, and the dorsal margin of the skull and the anterior margin of the crest form nearly 90°; the nasal process of the premaxilla being less exposed on the dorsal surface of the skull than those in other known oviraptorids; the length of the frontal being approximately one fourth that of the parietal along the midline of the skull. Phylogenetic analysis shows that _Nemegtia barsboldi_ is more closely related to _Citipati osmolskae_ than to any other oviraptorosaurs.

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