Rinchenia ‭(‬named after the paleontologist Rinchen Barsbold‭)

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Rinchenia ‭(‬named after the paleontologist Rinchen Barsbold‭)

Phonetic : Rin-chen-e-ah.

Named By : H.‭ ‬Osmolska,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Currie‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬Barsbold‭ ‬-‭ ‬2004

Diet : Omnivore

Size : Estimated 1.5‭ meters long

Type of Dinosaur : Large Theropod

Type Species : R.‭ ‬mongoliensis‭ (‬type‭)

Found in : Mongolia

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

Rinchenia (named in honor of Rinchen Barsbold) is a genus belonging to oviraptorid dinosaurs found in the Late Cretaceous Nemegt Formation of Mongolia. The species that is the type (and the only identified) kind of species Rinchenia mongoliensis initially classified as a species within the Oviraptor genus. Oviraptor (named Oviraptor mongoliensis by Rinchen Barsbold in the year 1986) however an examination by Barsbold in 1997 discovered differences sufficient to warrant a distinct Genus. Names like Rinchenia was coined to describe the new genus by Barsbold in 1997, but Barsbold didn’t describe the genus in depth and the name remained an unofficial name until it was adopted by Osmolska and co. in 2004.

Rinchenia is identified by a single piece of evidence that is the holotype MPC/D 100/32a. It is comprised of a skull complete with lower jaw, a partial vertebral column, forelimbs that are not fully developed and shoulder girdle as well as partial pelvis and hindlimbs as well as the furcula (“wishbone”). Although Rinchenia was roughly the similar size to Oviraptor (about 1.5 metres which is about 5 feet in length) however, the specifics within its bones, particularly within the skull, indicate it to be different. The skeleton of Rinchenia was less constructed and less durable than Oviraptor’s. Oviraptor and, whereas Oviraptor’s crest Oviraptor is unclear due to poor preservation of fossils, Rinchenia was well preserved, extremely developed dome-shaped casque, which contained numerous skull bones which are not adorned with the crest of Oviraptor.

Source: Wikipedia