Nomingia ‭(‬named after the region it was discovered in‭)‬

Short Info

Nomingia ‭(‬named after the region it was discovered in‭)‬

Phonetic : No-min-ge-ah.

Named By : R.‭ ‬Barsbold,‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Osmólska,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Watabe,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Currie‭ & ‬K.‭ ‬Tsogtbaatar -‭ ‬2000

Diet : Omnivore

Size : Estimated 1.6 meters long

Type of Dinosaur : Small Theropod

Type Species : N.‭ ‬gobiensis (type)

Found in : Mongolia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Nemegt Formation

When it Lived : Late Cretaceous, 72-68 million years ago

Nomingia, a genus oviraptorid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Bugin Tsav Beds in Mongolia, is called “Nomingia”.


Nomingia gobiensisJaime A. Headden (User:Qilong), CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


In 1994, the remains of the pelvic girdle, vertebral column and left tibiotarsus were discovered in layers of Nemegt Svita. They are holotypes GIN 100/119. In 2000, they were identified as Nomingia Gobiensis type species by Barsbold and Halszka Osmolska and Mahito Watabe. The binomial’s etymology refers to where the fossils were discovered. The generic name mentions the Nomingiin Gobi which is a part of the Gobi Desert that is also mentioned in the descriptor.

Gregory S. Paul estimates that Nomingia was a medium-sized oviraptorosaur. It measured 1.7m (5.6ft) in length and weighed 20kg (44 lb). The tail end is marked by five fused vertebrae, which Barsbold and colleagues describe as a pygostyle-like mass. It was likely to have supported a feather fan like in Caudipteryx. Similar bone structures were only found in birds prior to the discovery of this fossil.

N. gobiensis, like other oviraptorids, would have been a medium-sized oviraptorid with beaked jaws, and a crest.

Source: Wikipedia