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Chicken-sized oviraptorid dinosaurs from central China and their ontogenetic implications

Overview of attention for article published in Naturwissenschaften, January 2013
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Title
Chicken-sized oviraptorid dinosaurs from central China and their ontogenetic implications
Published in
Naturwissenschaften, January 2013
DOI 10.1007/s00114-012-1007-0
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Authors

Junchang Lü, Philip J. Currie, Li Xu, Xingliao Zhang, Hanyong Pu, Songhai Jia

Abstract

Oviraptorids are a group of specialized non-avian theropod dinosaurs that were generally one to 8 m in body length. New specimens of baby oviraptorids from the Late Cretaceous of Henan Province are some of the smallest individuals known. They include diagnostic characters such as the relative position of the antorbital fenestra and the external naris, distinct opening in the premaxilla anteroventral to the external naris, antorbital fossa partly bordered by premaxilla posterodorsally, lacrimal process of premaxilla does not contact the anterodorsal process of the lacrimal, parietal almost as long as frontal; in dorsal view, posterior margin forms a straight line between the postzygapophyses in each of the fourth and fifth cervicals; femur longer than ilium. They also elucidate the ontogenetic processes of oviraptorids, including fusion of cranial elements and changes in relative body proportions. Hind limb proportions are constant in oviraptorids, regardless of absolute body size or ontogenetic stage. This suggests a sedentary lifestyle that did not involve the pursuit of similar-sized prey. The functional implications for bite force and therefore dietary preferences are better understood through the study of such small animals. The comparison of the measurements of 115 skeletons indicates that oviraptorids maintain their hind limb proportions regardless of ontogenetic stage or absolute size, which is a pattern seen more commonly in herbivores than in carnivores. This may weakly support the hypothesis that oviraptorids are herbivores rather than active carnivores.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Chile 1 2%
Argentina 1 2%
Spain 1 2%
Japan 1 2%
United States 1 2%
Unknown 54 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 15 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 19%
Student > Bachelor 9 15%
Student > Master 9 15%
Professor 4 7%
Other 9 15%
Unknown 2 3%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 26 44%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 22 37%
Social Sciences 2 3%
Sports and Recreations 1 2%
Computer Science 1 2%
Other 2 3%
Unknown 5 8%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 24. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 October 2018.
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