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Corythoraptor jacobsi

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Corythoraptor jacobsi
Corythoraptor jacobsi, a species of oviraptorosaur dinosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous period, approximately 75 million years ago. It was discovered in Mongolia's Nemegt Formation, a fossil-rich area that has provided valuable information about the dinosaur fauna of that time.

Corythoraptor jacobsi is characterized by its distinctive cranial crest. It had a tall, elongated crest that extended from the top of its skull. This crest was composed mainly of fused head bones and was probably covered with soft tissue in life. The exact function of this crest is not completely clear, but it is thought that it may have played a role in communication and recognition between individuals of the same species, as well as in thermoregulation.

This oviraptorosaur dinosaur was moderate in size, with an estimated length of around 2 to 2.5 meters. Although it is classified within the oviraptorosaurs, its specific diet is not fully understood. Oviraptorosaurs are generally considered to be omnivorous or herbivorous dinosaurs, and Corythoraptor likely had a similar diet, feeding on a variety of plants, small animals, and eggs.

The name "Corythoraptor" derives from "cory", which means crest in Greek, and "raptor", referring to predatory dinosaurs. The specific name "jacobsi" honors paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs, who has made important contributions to the study of dinosaurs.

Approximate measurements of Corythoraptor:
  • Scale 1:12 - 130mm