Name: Elmisaurus ‭(‬Foot sole lizard‭)‬. Phonetic: El-me-sore-us.

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Named By: Halszka Osmolska‭ ‬-‭ ‬1981. Synonyms: Chirostenotes rarus. Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Oviraptorosauria,‭ ‬Caenagnathoidea,‭ ‬Caenagnathidae. Species: E.‭ ‬rarus‭ (‬type‭)‬. Diet: Omnivore‭? Size: Unknown due to lack of fossil material. Known locations: Mongolia. Time period: Campanian/Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous. Fossil representation: Feet,‭ ‬hands.

       A little known oviraptorid,‭ ‬Elmisaurus is based upon very few remains.‭ ‬Initially cited as a species of the North American Chirostenotes,‭ ‬it was quickly named as a distinct genus.‭ ‬Still,‭ ‬the Chirostenotes connection did not end there as in‭ ‬1989‭ ‬the palaeontologist Philip Currie established a second species,‭ ‬Elmisaurus elegans based upon oviraptorid fossils from North America.‭ ‬In‭ ‬1997‭ ‬Hans-Dieter Sues referred the fossils then belonging to Elmisaurus as actually belonging to Chirostenotes,‭ ‬thus establishing the second species of this genus,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬elegans.

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