Euhelopus

Name: Euhelopus ‭(‬True marsh foot‭)‬.
Phonetic: You-he-lo-pus.
Named By: Alfred Romer - 1956 (originally named as Helopus by Carl Wiman in 1929).
Synonyms: Helopus zdanskyi.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauriformes,‭ ‬Euhelopodidae.
Species: E.‭ ‬zdanskyi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Around‭ ‬15‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: China‭ ‬-‭ ‬Shangdong Province.
Time period: Barremian/Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial skeleton.

       Euhelopus was originally named Helopus until it was discovered that the name had already been used for a bird.‭ ‬The name was altered to Euhelopus by Alfred Romer in‭ ‬1956.‭ ‬Euhelopus was similar to the macronarian sauropods in that the fore legs were proportionately longer than the rear legs,‭ ‬something that would have resulted in a posteriorly sloping back.‭ ‬This might have allowed Euhelopus extra reach,‭ ‬but the height that sauropods carried their heads is a matter on contention for some palaeontologists.‭

Further reading
- Osteology of the Reptiles. - University of Chicago Press 1-772. - A. S. Romer - 1956.
- Redescription and reassessment of the phylogenetic affinities of Euhelopus zdanskyi (Dinosauria:Sauropoda) from the Early Cretaceous of China. - Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 7 (2): 199–239. - Jeffrey A. Wilson & Paul Upchurch - 2009.



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