Named By : J. M. Clark, M. A. Norell & R. Barsbold - 2001
Diet : Omnivore
Size : Estimated 1 – 1.8 meters long
Type of Dinosaur : Small Theropod
Type Species : K. mckennai (type)
Found in : Mongolia - Djadokhta Formation
When it Lived : Late Cretaceous, 81-75 million years ago
Khaan (/ka:n/; Mongol [kha,NG] ‘lord) was an oviraptorid dinosaur. It was 75-71 million years old and was discovered in the Djadochta Formation in Mongolia.
Khaan was not much different from other oviraptorids. Initially, it was assigned to “Ingenia”. However, the Khaan manual structure, which did not expand the third metacarpal, was deemed to be sufficiently different from “Ingenia” to warrant its own genus.
Although the oviraptorid diet has been questioned, plants and molluscs have been suggested. Khaan, like other oviraptorids was likely at least partially a meat-eater, and ate small vertebrates such as mammals and lizards. It was likely feathered.
James M. Clark e.a. named the type species Khaan.mckennai in 2001. Mongol khaan is the Mongol word for “lord” or ruler. The genus name derives its origin from Mongol khaan. This name is in honour of Malcolm Carnegie McKenna, a paleontologist.
The holotype IGM100/1127 consists of an almost complete skull found with another specimen, IGM100/1002. They were referred to together as “Romeo and Juliet”. They measure approximately four feet in length. The species was also referred to by IGM 100/973, a third specimen that is much larger.