Haya griva

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Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, Santonian
Haya griva NT.jpg
Life restoration of H. griva
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Ornithischia
Family: Parksosauridae
Genus: Haya
Makovicky et al., 2011
H. griva
Binomial name
Haya griva
Makovicky et al., 2011

Haya is an extinct genus of basal neornithischian dinosaur known from Mongolia.[1]


Haya is known from several well-preserved specimens which collected in the Khugenetslavkant locality by the joint Mongolian Academy of Sciences from 2002 to 2007, from the Javkhlant Formation. The locality probably dates to the Santonian stage of the Late Cretaceous. The holotype IGM 100/2017 is composed of a complete and well preserved skull with some postcranial elements associated to it. Referred materials include IGM 100/1324, isolated left femur, IGM 100/2013, postcranial elements, IGM 100/2014, a crushed skull and postcranial elements, IGM 100/2015, a nearly complete postcranial skeleton, IGM 100/2016, a partial juvenile skull, IGM 100/2018, an isolated mandible with some teeth, IGM 100/2019, a nearly complete skull and skeleton and IGM 100/2020, postcranial fragments. One skeleton of Haya, IGM 100/2015, preserves a large mass of gastroliths. A cladistic analysis found it to form a clade with Jeholosaurus and Changchunsaurus within Ornithopoda.[1] Han et al. named this clade "Jeholosauridae" in 2012.[2]


Haya was first named by Peter J. Makovicky, Brandon M. Kilbourne, Rudyard W. Sadleir and Mark A. Norell in 2011 and the type species is Haya griva. The generic name and the specific name are both derived from the Sanskrit for the "Haryagriva" avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, depicted with a horse head. This name refers to the elongate horse-like skull of Haya and the appearance of this deity in the Buddhist art of Mongolia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Makovicky, Peter J.; Brandon M. Kilbourne; Rudyard W. Sadleir; Mark A. Norell (2011). "A new basal ornithopod (Dinosauria, Ornithischia) from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 31 (3): 626–640. doi:10.1080/02724634.2011.557114.
  2. ^ Han, Feng-Lu; Paul M. Barrett; Richard J. Butler; Xing Xu (2012). "Postcranial anatomy of Jeholosaurus shangyuanensis (Dinosauria, Ornithischia) from the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation of China". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 32 (6): 1370–1395. doi:10.1080/02724634.2012.694385.