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TAOHELONG

a plant-eating nodosaurid dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of what is now China.
Pronunciation: dow-huh-long
Meaning: Tao river dragon
Author/s: Yang et al. (2013)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Gansu, China
Chart Position: 683

Taohelong jinchengensis

The first polacanthine to be described from Asia.
(Tao River dragon from Jincheng)Etymology
Taohelong is derived from the Chinese "Tao" and "Hé" (Tao River) and "long" (dragon). The species epithet, jinchengensis, is derived from "Jincheng" (the city close to where it was discovered) and the Latin "ensis" (from).
Discovery
The remains of Taohelong were discovered in the Unit 5 Formation (Hekou Group), near the border of Yongjing and Lintao counties, Lanzhou-Minhe Basin, Gansu Province, North-central China. The holotype (GSDM 00021) is a partial skeleton including one caudal (tail) vertebra, three ribs, an almost complete left ilium (main bone of the hip), neck armour, and a partial sacral shield (an armour plate that covers its hips).
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Cretaceous
Stage: Berriasian-Albian
Age range: 145-100 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Herbivore
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Ornithischia
Thyreophora
Ankylosauria
Nodosauridae
Polacanthinae
Taohelong
jinchengensis
References
• YANG Jing-Tao, YOU Hai-Lu, LI Da-Qing & KONG De-Lai (2013) "First discovery of polacanthine ankylosaur dinosaur in Asia". Vertebrata PalAsiatica, 51 (4): 265–277.
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