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LIUBANGOSAURUS

a plant-eating eusauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of China.
Pronunciation: loo-BANG-o-SOR-us
Meaning: Liubang lizard
Author/s: Mo, Xu and Buffetaut (2010)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Guangxi Province, China
Chart Position: 585

Liubangosaurus hei

(He's Luibang lizard)Etymology
Liubangosaurus is derived from "Luibang" (the name of the quarry where it was found) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard). The species epithet, hei, honors He Wenjian, who reported the fossil site to the authors in 2001.
Discovery
The remains of Liubangosaurus were discovered at Liubangcun ("Luibang Quarry") in the Napai Formation (also incorrectly referred to as the "Napan" Formation), Luibang village, Fusui County, Guangxi Province, China, alongside the much larger fossils of Fusuisaurus zhaoi and a smaller third specimen that may also belong to Liubangosaurus. This same site had previously yielded the remains of a dubious theropod (Prodeinodon kwangshiensis), a sauropod (Asiarosaurus kwangshiensis), and a "pliosaur" (Sinopliosaurus fusuiensis) which may be a spinosaurid closely allied to Thailand's Siamosaurus suteethorni, that were all described by Hou Lian-Hai, Yeh Hsiang-K'uei and Zhao Xi-Jin in 1975.
The holotype (NHMG8152) is a set of five back vertebrae, possibly the fifth to ninth.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Cretaceous
Stage: Aptian-Albian
Age range: 125-99 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Mo J, Xu X and Buffetaut E (2010) "A New Eusauropod Dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of Guangxi Province, Southern China". Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition). 84 (6): 1328–1335.
• Hou L-H, Yeh H-K , and Zhao X-J (1975) "Fossil reptiles from Fusui, Kwangshi". Vertebrata PalAsiatica 13(1): 24-33.
• Buffetaut E, Suteethorn V, Tong H and Amiot R (2008) "An Early Cretaceous spinosaurid from southern China". Geological Magazine. 145(5): 745-748.
• Mo J, Wang W, Huang Z, Huang X, Xu X (2006) "A Basal Titanosauriform from the Early Cretaceous of Guangxi, China". Acta Geologica Sinica. 80(4): 486-489.
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Atkinson, L. "LIUBANGOSAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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