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Khaan

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Khaan (Wikimedia Commons)

Name:

Khaan (Mongolian for "lord"); prounounced KAHN

Habitat:

Woodlands of Central Asia

Historical Period:

Late Cretaceous (70 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 4 feet long and 30 pounds

Diet:

Probably omnivorous

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Short, blunt skull; large hands and feet

 

About Khaan:

Its name is certainly more distinctive, but taxonomically speaking, Khaan was closely related to fellow, feathered oviraptors (small, feathered theropods) like Oviraptor and Conchoraptor (it was originally mistaken for another central Asian oviraptor, Ingenia). What makes Khaan special are the completeness of its fossil remains and its unusually blunt skull, which appears to be more "primitive" than those of its oviraptor cousins. Like all the small, feathered theropods, Khaan represents yet another intermediate stage in the slow evolution of dinosaurs into birds.

 

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