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