Ferganasaurus

Name: Ferganasaurus‭ (‬Fergana valley lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Fer-dan-ah-sore-us.
Named By: Alifanov‭ & ‬Averianov‭ ‬-‭ ‬2003.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda.
Species: F.‭ ‬verzilini‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Approximately‭ ‬9‭ ‬meters.
Known locations: Kyrgyzstan,‭ ‬Balabansai Formation.
Time period: Callovian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skeleton.

       Although the original fossil material for Ferganasaurus was discovered in‭ ‬1966,‭ ‬it was subsequently lost with only drawings of the original specimens remaining.‭ ‬A new expedition was launched at the original fossil site in‭ ‬2000,‭ ‬and this yielded further bones.‭ ‬Despite this new material,‭ ‬and the drawings of the originals,‭ ‬both the skull and feet are unknown. What is known is that Ferganasaurus was an Asian sauropod,‭ ‬though not as large as some of the more well-known sauropods like Apatosaurus.

Further reading
- Ferganasaurus verzilini, gen. et sp. nov., a new neosauropod (Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropoda) from the Middle Jurassic of Fergana Valley, Kirghizia. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 23(2):358-372. - V. R. Alifanov & A. O. Averianov - 2003.



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