a plant-eating massospondylid sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Early Jurassic of China.
C.C. Young (1941
(Huene's Lufeng Lizard)Etymology
is derived from "Lufeng" (the formation in which it was discovered) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard).
The species epithet
, honours German paleontologist Friedrich von Huene.
The first remains of Lufengosaurus
were discovered in the Shawan Member of the Lower Lufeng Formation, Yunnan Province, China by geologist Bien Meinian during the late 1930s. The holotype
(IVPP V15) is a partial skeleton.
The holotypes of Gyposaurus sinensis
(IVPP AS V.24)—the second-named species of Gyposaurus
—plus a dozen or more specimens that were assigned to it, and Lufengosaurus magnus
(IVPP V.82), which are all from the Lufeng Formation, may belong to Lufengosaurus
, although the former may be a distinct critter worthy of its own name. Lufengosaurus changduensis
, coined by Zhao Xijin in 1985 for a specimen from Tibet, has yet to be described.
Fossilised sauropodomorph tracks (Liujianpus) found at several sites across Southwest China may have been made by Lufengosaurus
: Early Jurassic
: 199-183 mya
Est. max. length
: 6.2 meters
Est. max. hip height
Est. max. weight
: 600 Kg
• Young C-C (1941) "A complete osteology of Lufengosaurus huenei
Young (gen. et sp. nov.) from Lufeng, Yunnan, China". Palaeontologia Sinica, New Series C 7: 1-59.
• Barrett PM, P Upchurch, X-L Wang (2005) "Cranial Osteology of Lufengosaurus huenei
Young (Dinosauria: Prosauropoda) from the Lower Jurassic of Yunnan, People's Republic of China". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2005, 25(4):806-822.
• Young C-C (1947) "On Lufengosaurus magnus
Young (sp. nov.) and additional finds of Lufengosaurus huenei
Young". Palaeontologia Sinica, New Series C 12: 1-53.
• Sekiya T and Dong Z (2010) "A New Juvenile Specimen of Lufengosaurus huenei
Young, 1941 (Dinosauria: Prosauropoda) from the Lower Jurassic Lower Lufeng Formation of Yunnan, Southwest China". Acta Geologica Sinica 84(1): 11-21.
• Lida Xing, Martin G. Lockley, Jianping Zhang, Hendrik Klein, Daqing Li, Tetsuto Miyashita, Zhongdong Li and Susanna B. Kummell (2016) "A new sauropodomorph ichnogenus from the Lower Jurassic of Sichuan, China fills a gap in the
". Historical Biology, Vol. 28, No. 7, 881–895.
• Zhao X (1985) "The Jurassic Reptilia" in Wang, Cheng and Wang (eds.) "The Jurassic System of China". Stratigraphy of China, Volume 11. pp. 286-289.
• Yao-Chang Lee, Cheng-Cheng Chiang, Pei-Yu Huang, Chao-Yu Chung, Timothy D. Huang, Chun-Chieh Wang, Ching-Iue Chen, Rong-Seng Chang, Cheng-Hao Liao & Robert R. Reisz (2017) "Evidence of preserved collagen in an Early Jurassic sauropodomorph dinosaur revealed by synchrotron FTIR microspectroscopy". Nature Communications 8, Article number: 14220 (Jan. 31st, 2017) / doi:10.1038/ncomms14220
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