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XINGXIULONG

A plant eating sauropodiform dinosaur from the Early Jurassic of China.
Pronunciation: sheeng-SHAH-long
Meaning: Constellation dragon
Author/s: Wang et al. (2017)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Yunnan, China
Chart Position: 767

Xingxiulong chengi

(Cheng's constellation lizard)Etymology
Xingxiulong is derived from the Chinese "Xingxiu" (for the ancient Xingxiu [constellation] Bridge in Lufeng County, which was built during the Ming Dynasty between 1368-1644) and "long" (dragon). The species epithet, chengi, honors Professor Zheng-Wu Cheng (1931-2015), for his lifetime contribution to Chinese terrestrial biostratigraphy, including the Lufeng Basin.
Discovery
The remains of Xingxiulong were discovered in the Shawan Member of the Lufeng Formation near Sankeshu (Three Trees) Village, Jinshan Town, Yunnan Province, southwestern China.
The holotype (LFGT-D0002) is a partial skull and lower jaw, three neck vertebrae (possibly C7–C9), seven back vertebrae (possibly D8–D14), a complete sacrum, 35 tail vertebrae, fragments of ribs and chevrons, a partial hip, both thighs, both broken shins, the ends of both shankbones, a left ankle and heel, a complete left foot and an almost complete right foot. Of two paratypes, LFGT-D0003 is roughly the same size as the holotype, while LFGT-D0001 is 12–14% smaller and probably a juvenile judging by its unfused skull bones.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Jurassic
Stage: Hettangian-Pliensbachian
Age range: 199-183 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 5 meters
Est. max. hip height: 1.5 meters
Est. max. weight: 250 Kg
Diet: Herbivore
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Sauropodomorpha
Massopoda
Sauropodiformes
Xingxiulong
chengi
References
• Wang Ya-Ming, You Hai-Lu & Wang Tao (2017) "A new basal sauropodiform dinosaur from the Lower Jurassic of Yunnan Province, China". Scientific Reports 7:41881.
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Atkinson, L. "XINGXIULONG :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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