Nanshiungosaurus

Name: Nanshiungosaurus ‭(‬Nanshiung lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Nan-she-ung-o-sore-us.
Named By: Z.‭ ‬Dong‭ ‬-‭ ‬1979.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Therizinosauridae.
Species: N.‭ ‬brevispinus‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬N bohlini‭?
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Roughly estimated to be about‭ ‬5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: China‭ ‬-‭ ‬Chijinbao Formation,‭ ‬Nanxiong Formation,‭ ‬Yuanpu Formation.
Time period: Barremian to the Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.

       Nanshiungosaurus was first described from partial remains mostly consisting of vertebrae in‭ ‬1979.‭ ‬To begin with Nanshiungosaurus was thought to be a titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur,‭ ‬a‭ ‬bit later it was realised to be a therizinosaur.‭ ‬As a therizinosaur,‭ ‬Nanshiungosaurus was a theropod dinosaur that had adapted to a herbivorous diet instead of a carnivorous one.‭
       A second species,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬bohlini was described upon the basis of slightly larger vertebrae in‭ ‬1997,‭ ‬however some researchers have questioned this move upon the basis that there are no clear similarities between these and fossils of N.‭ ‬brevispinus.‭ ‬Some have even gone so far as to suggest that the fossils of N.‭ ‬bohlini should be described as a distinct genus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Cretaceous dinosaurs of Hunan,‭ ‬China.‭ ‬Mesozoic and Cenozoic Red Beds of South China:‭ ‬Selected Papers from the Cretaceous-Tertiary Workshop.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology‭ & ‬Nanjing Institute of Paleontology‭ (‬eds.‭)‬,‭ ‬Science Press,‭ ‬Nanxiong,‭ ‬China‭ ‬342-350.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬Dong‭ ‬-‭ ‬1979.
-‭ ‬A new segnosaur from Mazongshan area,‭ ‬Gansu Province,‭ ‬China.‭ ‬Sino-Japanese Silk Road Dinosaur Expedition.‭ ‬China Ocean Press,‭ ‬Beijing‭ ‬90-95.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬Dong‭ & ‬H.‭ ‬Yu‭ ‬-‭ ‬1997.
-‭ ‬A taxonomic and phylogenetic re-evaluation of Therizinosauria‭ (‬Dinosauria:‭ ‬Maniraptora‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Systematic Palaeontology‭ ‬8‭ (‬4‭)‬:‭ ‬503‭–‬543.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Lindsay E.‭ ‬Zanno‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.



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