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Re: [dinosaur] Tongtianlong limosus

No harm done by a duplicate post.  However, you may want to recheck your email or see if there is an issue with the spam filter. I sent a post out this morning my time (West Coast USA, Pacific Standard Time). It's in the DML archive now.


From time to time, other posts get lost or blocked in people's email boxes it appears.

Ben Creisler

On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 8:38 PM, Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au> wrote:

I don't recall seeing this mentioned on the list yet:

Junchang Lu, Rongjun Chen, Stephen L. Brusatte, Yangxiao Zhu & Caizhi Shen 2016 "A Late
Cretaceous diversification of Asian oviraptorid dinosaurs: evidence from a new species preserved in an
unusual posture" Nature Scientific Reports 6, Article number 35780.



Oviraptorosaurs are a bizarre group of bird-like theropod dinosaurs, the derived forms of which have
shortened, toothless skulls, and which diverged from close relatives by developing peculiar feeding
adaptations. Although once among the most mysterious of dinosaurs, oviraptorosaurs are becoming
better understood with the discovery of many new fossils in Asia and North America. The Ganzhou
area of southern China is emerging as a hotspot of oviraptorosaur discoveries, as over the past half
decade five new monotypic genera have been found in the latest Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) deposits
of this region. We here report a sixth diagnostic oviraptorosaur from Ganzhou, Tongtianlong limosus
gen. et sp. nov., represented by a remarkably well-preserved specimen in an unusual splayed-limb
and raised-head posture. Tongtianlong is a derived oviraptorid oviraptorosaur, differentiated from
other species by its unique dome-like skull roof, highly convex premaxilla, and other features of the
skull. The large number of oviraptorosaurs from Ganzhou, which often differ in cranial morphologies
related to feeding, document an evolutionary radiation of these dinosaurs during the very latest
Cretaceous of Asia, which helped establish one of the last diverse dinosaur faunas before the end-
Cretaceous extinction.



Dann Pigdon
Spatial Data Analyst               Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__home.alphalink.com.au_-7Edannj&d=DgIDAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=Ry_mO4IFaUmGof_Yl9MyZgecRCKHn5g4z1CYJgFW9SI&m=8dnA59R_HEJnILQmoSBe17HTifdCzeoSrxvMDVr2LDU&s=QzaVLD7kr2b5955KcdL8Wg0itJ4UAjyuH8W5c6_Gcmk&e=