Conchoraptor gracilis, adult skeleton in matrix

Conchoraptor gracilis Adult in matrix, 44 inches long. Location: Mongolia Formation: Red Beds of Khermeen Tsav Age: Late Cretaceous, 76 MYA.

Conchoraptor (meaning "conch plunderer") is a genus of oviraptorid dinosaur from the late Cretaceous Period of what is now Asia.

Conchoraptor was a small dinosaur, only 1–2 meters (3.3-6.6 feet) in length. Unlike many other oviraptorids, Conchoraptor lacked a head crest. Like its relatives, it lacked teeth. Instead of teeth, oviraptorids had powerful beaks, possibly adapted to crushing mollusk shells. The skull of Conchoraptor was heavily pneumatised, with most of the bones hollow. Internal connections between both ears functioned as resonance chambers and improved hearing.

When first discovered in the Red Beds of Herminia Tsao of the Early Maastrichtian Newest Formation by a Polish-Mongolian expedition in 1971, scientists believed that Conchoraptor was a juvenile Oviraptor and that the animal's missing crest would have begun to grow when the animal reaching sexual maturity. Further study of multiple skeletons showed that Conchoraptor belonged in a new genus. The hands of Conchoraptor were a major reason that scientists decided to split it off from Oviraptor. Anatomically the hands seemed to be an evolutionary intermediate between those of Ajancingenia and Oviraptor, making it obvious that this animal was not a member of a known species.

The type species of this new genus, Conchoraptor gracilis, was described and named by Barsbold, in 1986. The generic name is derived from Greek konkhè, "mussel", and Latin raptor, "plunderer". This name reflects Barsbold's hypothesis that oviraptorids, rather than preying primarily upon eggs as had been traditionally thought, may have been specialized to feed on mollusks. The specific name means "gracile" in Latin. The holotype is IGM 100/20, a partial skeleton with skull. Later about two dozen specimens were formally referred to the species. 



Related Items:

Maisaur skeleton fossil dig panel #1 & #2
Maisaur skeleton fossil dig panel #1 & #2   $1,800.00
Monolophosaurus skeleton in matrix
Monolophosaurus skeleton in matrix   $3,900.00
Spinosaurus original art print
Spinosaurus original art print   $21.95
Giganotosaurus, original art print
Giganotosaurus, original art print   $21.95
Tyrannosaurus rex original art print
Tyrannosaurus rex original art print   $21.95
Deinosuchus & Struthiomimus original art print
Deinosuchus & Struthiomimus original art print   $21.95
Tsinotsaurus complete skeleton
Tsinotsaurus complete skeleton   $27,500.00
Allosaurus Skeleton 1:20 scale
Allosaurus Skeleton 1:20 scale   $225.00
Coelophysis, skeleton
Coelophysis, skeleton   $699.00



Conchoraptor gracilis, adult skeleton in matrix 

resin
44 inches long
Item 1774 

Category: Replicas
Type: Skeletons
Phylum: Vertebrates
Class: Dinosaurs

$2,000.00 

USA Shipping: $75.00
Plus $3.90 handling per order

Share this page:



MORE PHOTOS:

Conchoraptor gracilis, adult skeleton in matrix

Conchoraptor gracilis, adult skeleton in matrix

Conchoraptor gracilis, adult skeleton in matrix



Now over 1,000 items!

Now Over 1,000 Items!

PrehistoricStore.com offers the largest selection of replica fossils and other fossil-related products anywhere in the world!

Download a Full Catalog (3MB PDF)
OVER 260 PAGES OF REPLICAS AND MORE!




Special Offers:
Dinosaur Safari: Dig and Keep Real Dinosaur Bones