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ISANOSAURUS

an archaic sauropod dinosaur from the Late Triassic of Thailand.
Pronunciation: ee-SAH-no-SOR-us
Meaning: Isan lizard
Author/s: Buffetaut et al. (2000)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Chaiyaphum, Thailand
Chart Position: 393

Isanosaurus attavipachi

Etymology
Isanosaurus is derived from "Isan" (a local name for northeastern Thailand) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard).
The species epithet, attavipachi (uh-tah-vee-PAH-chie), is named in honor of Mr. Pricha Attavipach, former Director General of the Thai Department of Mineral Resources and a longtime supporter of paleontological research.
Discovery
The remains of Isanosaurus were discovered in the Nam Phong Formation at PhuNok Khian hill near the village of Ban Non Thaworn, Chaiyaphum Province, on the Khorat Plateau of northeastern Thailand, in 1998.
The holotype (CH4) is a neck vertebra, one back vertebra, six tail vertebrae, two chevrons, some fragmentary ribs, the right sternal plate, the right shoulder blade, and the left thigh bone.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Triassic
Stage: Norian-Rhaetian
Age range: 227-201 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 13 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 7 tons
Diet: Herbivore
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Sauropodomorpha
Sauropoda
Isanosaurus
attavipachi
References
• Buffetaut E, Suteethorn V, Cuny G, Tong H, Le Loeuff J, Khansubha S and Jongautchariyakul S (2000) "The earliest known sauropod dinosaur". Nature. 407 (6800): 72–74.
• Buffetaut E, Suteethorn V, Le Loeuff J, Cuny G, Tong H and Khansubha S (2002) "A Review of the Sauropod Dinosaurs of Thailand". The Symposium on Geology of Thailand, 26-31 August, Bangkok.
• Yates AM and Kitching JW (2003) "The earliest known sauropod dinosaur and the first steps towards sauropod locomotion". Proc. of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 270: 1753-1758.
• Paul GS (2010) "The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs". Princeton University Press. Page 171.
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Atkinson, L. "ISANOSAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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