Pronunciation: go-JEER-a-SOR-us Meaning: Godzilla lizard Author/s: Carpenter (1997) Synonyms: “Revueltoraptor lucasi” First Discovery: New Mexico, USA Chart Position: 341
(Godzilla lizard from Quay County)Etymology
The species epithet, quayi, honors Quay County where it was discovered.
DiscoveryThe remains of Gojirasaurus were discovered near Revuelto Creek in the Bull Canyon Formation (previously known as the Cooper Canyon Formation), Dockum Group, Quay County, New Mexico, USA, by Ken Carpenter in 1981. The holotype (UCM 47221, housed at the University of Colorado Museum) includes a serrated tooth, four ribs, hip bones and a tibia (lower leg bone). Of the initial material that was assigned here, four vertebrae actually belong to a rauisuchian known as Shuvosaurus and a pubis and tibia are indistinguishable from those of Coelophysis.