Shunosaurus

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NameShunosaurus
Diet
Weight7200 kilos
Length12 meters
Height5 meters
Period
Shunosaurus
Human

Shunosaurus was a genus of sauropod dinosaur that lived about 170 million years ago. The name means "shu lizard" and derives from "Shu", an ancient name for Sichuan province. It lived in the Middle Jurassic of China when sauropods became the most common eaters of medium and large plants. In 1977, a group of student paleontology practitioners discovered the first fossil of Shunosaurus during a roadside excavation.

It was known to be the first sauropod with an exposed tail club. The tail club was small and had two spikes at the tip. It had long legs compared to the body size. It had a short neck indicating that Shunosaurus was a short forager. It was a primitive sauropod of intermediate size. It had scoop-shaped teeth that helped it to forage on coarse plant material. It shared the environment with the sauropods Datousaurus and Omeisaurus, the small ornithopod Xiaosaurus, the stegosaur Huayangosaurus and the theropod Gasosaurus.

Shunosaurus estimated the length at 9.5 meters and weighed three metric tons.

What is the significance of Shunosaurus?

The name Shunosaurus means "shu lizard" and is derived from "Shu", an ancient name of Sichuan province.

What did Shunosaurus eat?

Shunosaurus was a genus of sauropod dinosaur that lived about 170 million years ago. 

Who discovered Shunosaurus?

In 1977, a group of practicing paleontology students discovered the first Shunosaurus fossil during a roadside excavation.

Where did they live?

When did they live?

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Who discovered them?

What kind of dinosaurs are they?

What type of species are they?

  • Dong (1988). Dinosaurs from China. China Ocean Press, Beijing & British Museum (Natural History). ISBN 0-565-01073-5. 
  • Dong (1992). Dinosaurian Faunas of China. China Ocean Press, Beijing. ISBN 3-540-52084-8. 
  • Dong Z, Peng G, Huang D. (1989). The discovery of the bony tail club of sauropods. Vertebrata Palasiatica 27: 219-224.
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Fun Facts

  • The name Shunosaurus means "shu lizard".
  • It was a plant-eating dinosaur.
  • It reproduced by laying eggs.
  • It was a primitive sauropod of intermediate size. 
  • It was known to be the first sauropod with a tail club to be discovered.

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