Gojirasaurus

Name: Gojirasaurus ‭(‬Gojira lizard‭).
Phonetic: Go-jee-rah-sore-us.
Named By: Kenneth Carpenter‭ ‬-‭ ‬1997.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Coelophysoidea.
Species: G.‭ ‬quayi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Around‭ ‬5.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬New Mexico‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bull Canyon Formation.
Time period: Norian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains including a tibia and hip.

       Mad props to Kenneth Carpenter for naming a dinosaur Gojirasaurus.‭ ‬For those not familiar with the name,‭ ‬Gojira is the name of probably the most famous Japanese giant monster of all time that in the western world is better known as Godzilla.‭ ‬A little more information for‭ ‬fans and‭ ‬film buffs,‭ ‬Gojira is actually a combination of the Japanese words for gorilla‭ (‬gorira‭) ‬and whale‭ (‬kujira‭)‬.
       Cool names aside,‭ ‬Gojirasaurus is considered by some to be a dubious dinosaur genus.‭ ‬The vertebrae originally assigned to Gojirasaurus have since been interpreted as belonging to Shuvosaurus.‭ ‬Other remains,‭ ‬specifically a tibia and hip are near identical to those of Coelophysis,‭ ‬though this genus is only thought to grow up to three meters long,‭ ‬much smaller than the five and a half meters suggested for Gojirasaurus.‭ ‬Hopefully further fossil discoveries can be discovered in the future that will reveal more detail about these two dinosaur genera.

Further reading
- A giant coelophysoid‭ (‬Ceratosauria‭) ‬theropod from the Upper Triassic of New Mexico,‭ ‬USA,‭ ‬Kenneth Carpenter‭ ‬-‭ ‬1997.

- A critical re-evaluation of the Late Triassic dinosaur taxa of North America,‭ ‬Nesbitt‭ & ‬Parker‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007



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