Gongxianosaurus

Name: Gongxianosaurus ‭(‬Gong Xian lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Gong-ze-an-o-sore-us.
Named By: X.‭ ‬He,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Wang,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Liu,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Zhou,‭ ‬T.‭ ‬Liu,‭ ‬K.‭ ‬Cai‭ & ‬B.‭ ‬Dai‭ ‬-‭ ‬1998.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda.‭
Species: G.‭ ‬shibeiensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Roughly about‭ ‬14‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Sichuan Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Ziliujing Formation,‭ ‬Dongyuemiao Member.
Time period: Toarcian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and post cranial skeletal remains of at last‭ ‬4‭ ‬individuals.

       Gongxianosaurus is a genus of sauropod dinosaur known to have lived in China towards the end of early Jurassic.‭ ‬When compared to other early sauropods,‭ ‬Gongxianosaurus is generally thought to be fairly intermediate in development,‭ ‬being more advanced than genera such as Melanorosaurus and Antetonitrus,‭ ‬but not as advanced as genera such as Vulcanodon and Tazoudasaurus.‭ ‬The presence of sauropodomorph dinosaurs such as Lufengosaurus later in the Jurassic,‭ ‬indicates that early Asian sauropod dinosaurs like Gongxianosaurus did not immediately replace them.‭ ‬Although Gongxianosaurus is known by a few individuals,‭ ‬some of‭ ‬these may actually represent a second species.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new species of sauropod from the Early Jurassic of Gongxian Co.,‭ ‬Sichuan‭ ‬18‭(‬1‭)‬:1-6.‭ ‬-‭ ‬X.‭ ‬He,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Wang,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Liu,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Zhou,‭ ‬T.‭ ‬Liu,‭ ‬K.‭ ‬Cai‭ & ‬B.‭ ‬Dai‭ ‬-‭ ‬1998.
-‭ ‬A New Sauropod,‭ ‬Gongxianosaurus,‭ ‬from the Lower Jurassic of Sichuan,‭ ‬China.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Acta Geologica Sinica,‭ ‬English Edition‭ ‬74‭ (‬2‭)‬:‭ ‬132‭–‬136.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Luo Yaonan‭ & ‬Wang Changsheng‭ ‬-‭ ‬2000.



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