Monday, January 14, 2013

[Paleontology • 2004] Rinchenia mongoliensis | originally Oviraptor mongoliensis Barsbold, 1986 • Mongolian oviraptorid dinosaur from the late Cretaceous Period

Genus: Rinchenia Osmólska, Currie & Barsbold, 2004 

Species: Rinchenia mongoliensis (Barsbold, 1986) 
Synonyms Oviraptor mongoliensis Barsbold, 1986

Rinchenia is a genus of Mongolian oviraptorid dinosaur from the late Cretaceous Period. The type (and only known) species, Rinchenia mongoliensis, was originally classified as a species within the genus Oviraptor (named Oviraptor mongoliensis by Rinchen Barsbold in 1986), but a re-examination by Barsbold in 1997 found differences significant enough to warrant a separate genus. 

The name Rinchenia was coined for this new genus by Barsbold in 1997, though he did not describe it in detail, and the name remained a nomen nudum until used by Osmólska et al. in 2004.

Osmólska, H., Currie, P. J., and Barsbold, R. 2004. "Oviraptorosauria." In: Weishampel, D.B., Dodson, P., and Osmólska, H. (eds.), The Dinosauria, Second Edition. California University Press, 165-183.