Borogovia ‭(‬named after the borogoves in Lewis Carrol’s poem Jabberwocky‭)‬

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Borogovia ‭(‬named after the borogoves in Lewis Carrol’s poem Jabberwocky‭)‬

Phonetic : Boh-ro-go-ve-ah.

Named By : H.‭ ‬Osmolska‭ ‬-‭ ‬1987

Diet : Carnivore

Size : Uncertain due to lack of remains,‭ ‬but roughly estimated to be about‭ ‬2 – 2.3‭ ‬meters long

Type of Dinosaur : Small Theropod

Type Species : B.‭ ‬gracilicrus‭ (‬type‭)

Found in : Mongolia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Nemegt Formation

When it Lived : Late Cretaceous, 84-65 million years ago

Borogovia is an troodontid theropod dino genus that was present during the Late Cretaceous Period, in the present-day Mongolia.

Halszka Osmólska, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In 1971, a Polish and Mongolian expedition found the remains of tiny theropods at the Altan Ula IV site, located in the Nemegt Basin of Omnogovi province. In 1982, after describing Hulsanpes perlei in the area, this finding was mentioned to Halszka Osmolska and was deemed as a potential sample of Saurornithoides. Then she decided that it was the first species discovered by science.

The year 1987 was the time that Osmolska identified and defined the species that is known as Borogovia gracilicrus. The common name comes from the fictional avian creatures referred to as ‘borogoves’ from the Lewis Carroll poem “Jabberwocky” from Through the Looking-Glass. The name itself is a blend of Latin gracis “lightly built”, and crus, “shin”, in reference to the graceful build of the lower leg.

The Holotype specimen ZPAL MgD-I/174 was found inside the Nemegt Formation that dates back to the beginning of Maastrichtian. It comprises two lower legs from one individual, comprising parts of both the tibiotarsi as well as the metatarsi’s undersides and the third, second and fourth toes on each foot.

Tibiotarsi are estimated to have a length of 28 centimetres. Borogovia is around 2 meters (6 feet) longand weighs 20 kg (forty-five pounds). The tibiotarsus has a very long length. Its third toe can be described as slimmer. The second phalanx on the second toe is small. Toe claws are narrow and fairly flat. Osmolska asserted it was the case that this toe couldn’t be stretched too much and suggested that it was regaining a role in a weight bearing capacity, thereby compensating for the weakening in the toe’s third.

Borogovia has been designated to Osmolska as a member of the Troodontidae in 1987.

Source: Wikipedia