Borogovia (named after the borogoves in Lewis Carrol’s poem Jabberwocky)
H. Osmolska - 1987
Estimated 5-6 meters long
B. gracilicrus (type)
Mongolia - Nemegt Formation
Late Cretaceous, 75 million years ago
Borogovia is a dinosaur genus that lived during the Late Cretaceous period approximately 75 million years ago. The genus was named after the fictional creatures, the borogoves, from Lewis Carroll’s poem “Jabberwocky.”
Borogovia was first discovered in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia in the 1990s and was later described by Russian paleontologists in the early 2000s. The fossils found in Mongolia were of a partial skeleton, including a skull and neck vertebrae, hindlimbs, and partial pelvis.
Borogovia is classified as a theropod dinosaur, which means it was a meat-eating dinosaur. Although its classification is still debated, some researchers believe that it was a member of the Oviraptorosauria group of theropods, which were known for their bird-like features and toothless beaks.
From the fossils found, researchers have estimated that Borogovia was about 6 meters long and weighed around 800 kilograms. This makes it a relatively small dinosaur compared to others in its group. One of the most distinctive features of Borogovia is its long, narrow, and toothless beak, which was most likely used for cracking open tough plant material.
Despite its relatively small size, Borogovia has made a significant contribution to our understanding of dinosaur evolution and adaptations. Its unique combination of theropod and bird-like features make it an important species in the study of the transition from dinosaurs to birds. Further research on the fossils and more complete specimens of Borogovia will help to shed more light on the life and evolution of this fascinating dinosaur.