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Rinchenia (Joao Boto)


Rinchenia (after paleontologist Rinchen Barsbold); pronounced RIN-cheh-NEE-ah


Plains of Central Asia

Historical Period:

Late Cretaceous (75 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 6 feet long and 100 pounds



Distinguishing Characteristics:

Large head crest; powerful jaws


About Rinchenia:

Paleontologists don't usually go about naming new dinosaurs after themselves; in fact, Rinchen Barsbold thought he was kidding when he temporarily named this newly discovered Oviraptor-like theropod Rinchenia, and the name stuck. Judging by its incomplete skeleton, this feathered, central Asian dino-bird appears to have sported a larger-than-average head crest, and its powerful jaws hint that it may have pursued an omnivorous diet, consisting of hard-to-crack nuts as well as insects, vegetables, and other small dinosaurs.

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