Xixiasaurus is a genus of troodontid dinosaur that lived during the Late
Cretaceous. The only known specimen (a partial skull, jaw with teeth,
and forelimb) was discovered in Xixia County, Henan Province, in central
China, and was given a species description in 2010. Xixiasaurus is
estimated to have been 1.5 metres (5 ft) long and to have weighed 8
kilograms (18 lb). As a troodontid with some similarities to
Byronosaurus, the genus would have been bird-like and lightly built,
with grasping hands and an enlarged sickle-shaped claw on the second
toe. Its skull was long, with a long, low snout that formed a tapering
U-shape when seen from below. The frontal bone of the forehead was dome-
like in side view, indicating an enlarged braincase. Troodontids had
keen senses and were probably agile. The lack of serrated teeth
indicates that Xixiasaurus and some other troodontids were herbivorous,
as they had lost the ability to slice meat.
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