Qiupa Formation

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Qiupa Formation
Stratigraphic range: Late Cretaceous
Type Geological formation
Region Henan Province, China

The Qiupa Formation is a Late Cretaceous geologic formation in Henan Province, central China. It is rich in dinosaur eggs and bones, such as undescribed skeletons of an oviraptorid, troodontid, ankylosaurid, ornithopod and ornithomimid.[1]


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Taxon Reclassified taxon Taxon falsely reported as present Dubious taxon or junior synonym Ichnotaxon Ootaxon Morphotaxon
Uncertain or tentative taxa are in small text; crossed out taxa are discredited.


Taxon Member Material Notes Images
Qiupalong henanensis An ornithomimid.[2]
Luanchuanraptor henanensis A dromaeosaurid.[3]
"Tyrannosaurus" luanchuanensis A tyrannosaurid.[4]
Yulong mini A derived oviraptorid.[5]






  1. ^ Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, Junchang Lü, Yuong-Nam Lee, Li Xu and Xingliao Zhang (2008). "A new basal ornithomimid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Late Cretaceous in Henan Province of China" (PDF). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28 (Supplement 3): 101A. doi:10.1080/02724634.2008.10010459. 
  2. ^ Xu, L.; Kobayashi, Y.; Lü, J.; Lee, Y. N.; Liu, Y.; Tanaka, K.; Zhang, X.; Jia, S.; Zhang, J. (2011). "A new ornithomimid dinosaur with North American affinities from the Late Cretaceous Qiupa Formation in Henan Province of China". Cretaceous Research 32 (2): 213. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2010.12.004. 
  3. ^ Lü, J.-C.; Xu, L.; Zhang, X.-L.; Ji, Q.; Jia, S.-H.; Hu, W.-Y.; Zhang, J.-M.; Wu, Y.-H. (2007). "New dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Qiupa Formation of Luanchuan area, western Henan, China". Geological Bulletin of China 26 (7): 777–786. 
  4. ^ Z. Dong. 1979. Cretaceous dinosaurs of Hunan, China. Mesozoic and Cenozoic Red Beds of South China: Selected Papers from the "Cretaceous-Tertiary Workshop", Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology & Nanjing Institute of Paleontology (eds.), Science Press, Nanxiong, China 342-350
  5. ^ Lü, J.; Currie, P. J.; Xu, L.; Zhang, X.; Pu, H.; Jia, S. (2013). "Chicken-sized oviraptorid dinosaurs from central China and their ontogenetic implications". Naturwissenschaften 100 (2): 165–175. Bibcode:2013NW....100..165L. doi:10.1007/s00114-012-1007-0. PMID 23314810.