Nemegtomaia, a genus of feathered oviraptorid dinosaur, lived in what is
now Mongolia during the Late Cretaceous, about 70 million years ago.
The first specimen was found in the Nemegt Basin in 1996, and became the
basis of the new genus and species N. barsboldi in 2004, honouring the
palaeontologist Rinchen Barsbold. Two more specimens were found in 2007.
Nemegtomaia is estimated to have been around 2 m (7 ft) in length and
to have weighed 40 kg (88 lb). It had a deep, narrow, and short skull,
with an arched crest. It was toothless, with a short snout, a parrot-
like beak, and a pair of tooth-like projections on its palate. The first
of its three fingers bore a strong claw. One specimen was found on top
of a fossilised nest of eggs that were probably arranged in a ring, with
streams nearby, judging from stratigraphic data. This individual may
have been protecting its eggs by covering them with its tail and wing
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemegtomaia>
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