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GOJIRASAURUS

a meat-eating coelophysoid theropod dinosaur from the Late Triassic of North America.
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Pronunciation: go-JEER-a-SOR-us
Meaning: Godzilla lizard
Author/s: Carpenter (1997)
Synonyms: “Revueltoraptor lucasi”
First Discovery: New Mexico, USA
Chart Position: 341

Gojirasaurus quayi

(Godzilla lizard from Quay County)Etymology
Gojirasaurus is derived from "Gojira"—a combination of the Japanese words "gorira" (gorilla) and "kujira" (whale)—the original, non-Anglicized name of the movie monster known in the western world as "Godzilla", and the Greek "sauros" (lizard). The name is a reference to its great size compared to other Triassic theropods.
The species epithet, quayi, honors Quay County where it was discovered.
Discovery
The 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.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Triassic
Stage: Norian
Age range: 228-209 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 6 meters
Est. max. hip height: 2 meters
Est. max. weight: 150 Kg
Diet: Carnivore
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Theropoda
Neotheropoda
Coelophysoidea
Gorjirasaurus
quayi
References
• K. Carpenter (1997) "A giant coelophysoid (Ceratosauria) theropod from the Upper Triassic of New Mexico, USA".
• Sterling J. Nesbitt, Randall B. Irmis, William G. Parker (2007) "A critical re-evaluation of the Late Triassic dinosaur taxa of North America".
• Brett-Surman, Holtz and Farlow (2012) "The Complete Dinosaur: Second Edition".
• Paul G.S. (2010) "The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs".
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Atkinson, L. "GOJIRASAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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