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SHENZHOUSAURUS

an ornithomimosaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of China.
Pronunciation: SHEN-ju-SOR-us
Meaning: Chinese lizard
Author/s: Ji, et al. (2003)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Liaoning, China
Chart Position: 437

Shenzhousaurus orientalis

(Eastern Chinese lizard)Etymology
Shenzhousaurus is derived from "Shenzhou" (the ancient name of China) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard). The species epithet, orientalis, refers to "the east" (the countries of Asia).
Discovery
The remains of Shenzhousaurus were discovered at the Sihetun fossil site in the Yixian Formation, Beipiao, western Liaoning Province, China, by local farmers.
The holotype (NGMC 97-4-002) is a partial skeleton—in a "death pose" with the neck arched backwards over its back—preserved on a sandstone slab.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Cretaceous
Stage: Velanginian-Barremian
Age range: 140-125
Stats:
Est. max. length: 1.5 meters
Est. max. hip height: 0.7 meters
Est. max. weight: 25 Kg
Diet: Omnivore
References
• Ji Q, Norell MA, Makovicky PJ, Gao K, Ji S-A and Yuan C (2003) "An early ostrich dinosaur and implications for ornithomimosaur phylogeny". American Museum novitates, No. 3420.
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