Name: Datousaurus ‭(‬either‭ ‘‬Chieftain lizard‭’ ‬or‭ ‘‬Big head lizard‭’)‬.
Phonetic: Dah-too-sore-us.
Named By: Z.‭ ‬Dong‭ & ‬Z.‭ ‬Tang‭ ‬-‭ ‬1984.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Eusauropoda,‭ ‬Mamenchisauridae.
Species: D.‭ ‬bashanensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: About‭ ‬15‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: China‭ ‬-‭ ‬Dashanpu‭ (‬Lower Shaximiao‭) ‬Formation.
Time period: Oxfordian/Kimmeridgian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skeletons of two individuals.

       At fifteen meters long it could be said that Datousaurus was a lower average in terms of sauropod sizes of the Jurassic era.‭ ‬The skull of Datousaurus is noted as being deep with‭ ‘‬spoon-shaped‭’ ‬teeth for processing plants.‭ ‬Datousaurus is also noted for having a higher reach than some other sauropods that lived around the same time and location as it did.
       As a member of the Mamenchisauridae,‭ ‬Datousaurus was of course related to the type genus of this group,‭ ‬Mamenchisaurus,‭ ‬which is also known from the same fossil bearing formation as Datousaurus.‭ ‬Other sauropods from the Dashanpu formation include Omeisaurus,‭ ‬Shunosaurus and Dashanpusaurus.‭ ‬Possible predators of Datousaurus,‭ ‬particularly of smaller juveniles could include the theropod dinosaurs Yangchuanosaurus,‭ Kaijiangosaurus and Xuanhanosaurus,‭ ‬all of which are known from the Lower Shaximiao of the Dashanpu Formation.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Note on a new Mid-Jurassic sauropod‭ (‬Datousaurus bashanensis gen.‭ ‬et sp.‭ ‬nov.‭) ‬from Sichuan Basin,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬Dong‭ & ‬Z.‭ ‬Tang‭ ‬-‭ ‬1984.


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