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ABROSAURUS

a plant-eating eusauropod dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of what is now China.
Pronunciation: AB-ro-SOR-us
Meaning: Delicate (skull) lizard
Author/s: Ouyang (1989)
Synonyms: 'Abrosaurus gigantorhinus'
First Discovery: Sichuan, China
Chart Position: 272

Abrosaurus dongpoi

Etymology
Abrosaurus is derived from the Greek "habros" (delicate, light) in reference to its very delicate skull, and the Greek "sauros" (lizard).
The species epithet, dongpoi, is derived from "Dongpo" (to honor Su Dongpo; pen name of Su Shi (1036-1101 AD), a famous Song Dynasty writer and poet from Sichuan Province where the fossils were found) and the Latin "i" (a suffix which is used to honor male individuals). The epithet was initially published as dongpoensis (doong-paw-EN-sis). However, the Latin suffix "-ensis" is used to honor localities rather than people, so it had to be changed.
Discovery
The Delicate Lizard was discovered at Dashanpu Quarry in the Lower Shaximiao (Xiashaximiao) Formation, Sichuan Province, China, in 1984. The holotype (ZDM 5038, housed at the Zigong Dinosaur Museum) is a complete and well preserved skull. A fragmentary skull (ZDM5033) was also found in the same quarry.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Middle Jurassic
Stage: Bathonian-Callovian
Age range: 168-161 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 9 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 5 tons
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Ouyang H. (1989) "A new sauropod dinosaur from Dashanpu, Zigong County, Sichuan Province (Abrosaurus dongpoensis gen. et sp. nov.)". Zigong Dinosaur Museum Newsletter, Number 2, pp. 10-14
• P. Upchurch, P.M. Barrett and P. Dodson (2004) "Sauropoda" in Weishampel, Dodson and Osmólska "The Dinosauria: Second Edition".
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Atkinson, L. "ABROSAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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