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HUAXIAOSAURUS

a plant-eating saurolophine hadrosaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of China.
Pronunciation: HWAAK-see-uh-SOR-us
Meaning: Huaxia lizard
Author/s: Zhao, Wang and Li (2011)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Shandong, China
Chart Position: 616

Huaxiaosaurus aigahtens

Almost certainly a synonym of Shantungosaurus.
(Gigantic Huaxia lizard)Etymology
Huaxiaosaurus is derived from "Huaxia" (the ancient word for China) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard). The species epithet, aigahtens, is unusual in that it isn't a real word. Apparently, it's supposed to mean gigantic or enormous, with the Chinese "jù dà" and the Latin "giganteus" meaning exactly the same thing. Funnily enough, if you take aigahtens and replace the first "a" with "g", the "h" with "n" and the last "n" with "u" you get... giganteus, which is the epithet of Shantungosaurus; another critter from the Xingezhuang Formation that was named in 2007 and almost certainly owns all the gigantic hadrosaurid fossils from that area. Whether this was due to sloppy typing, a copy-and-paste malfunction, crafty wordplay on the part of its author or a mere coincidence, we'll never know.
Discovery
The remains of Huaxiaosaurus were discovered at Zangjiazhuang Quarry in the Xingezhuang Formation (Wangshi Group), Zangjiazhuang Village, Lübiao Town, Shandong, China, in 2008. This quarry is also known as Zhucheng.
The holotype (number?) is a partial skeleton.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Campanian
Age range: 84-71 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 18.7 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 16 tons
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Zhao X and Li D (2009) "Huaxiaosaurus aigahtens zhao, gen, et sp, nov". Dinosaur Research 8:1–36. [Chinese with English abstract.]
• Zhao X, Wang K and Li D (2011) "Huaxiaosaurus aigahtens". Geological Bulletin of China 30(11):1671-1688. [Chinese with English abstract.]
• Hone DWE, Sullivan C, Zhao Q, Wang K, and Xu X (2014) "Body size distribution in a death assemblage of a colossal hadrosaurid from the Upper Cretaceous of Zhucheng, Shandong Province, China". Pages 524-531 in Eberth DA and Evans DC (eds.) "Hadrosaurs".
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Atkinson, L. "HUAXIAOSAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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