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Caenagnathasia martinsoni
"Martinson's Asian caenagnath"

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"Caenagnathus" no longer exists as a valid genus name (having been replaced by Chirostenotes), but this "Asian variation" remains as one of the littlest oviraptors. It's also one of the most primitive, and some have suggested that its specialized toothed beak may have been used to catch fish in a semi-aquatic habitat, as I've restored it here. Caenagnathasia is only known from a few sets of jaws from Uzbekistan (the same time and place as Azhdarcho), so I took the liberty of restoring it with large, long-toed feet like modern wading birds.

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DESCRIPTION
Length: 1m (3ft)
Weight: 7kg (15lbs)
Location: Bissekt Formation, Uzbekistan
Time: Turonian stage, late Cretaceous period (90ma)

CLASSIFICATION
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Stem-Aves
Order: Caenagnathiformes
Genus: Caenagnathasia
Species: C. martinsoni

SYSTEMATICS
Sauropsida
Diapsida
Archosauria
Ornithosuchia
Dinosauria
Theropoda
Coelurosauria
Maniraptora
Oviraptorosauria




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