Name: Shidaisaurus ‭(‬Shidai lizard‭ ‬-‭ ‬After Jin-shidai,‭ ‬the company that owns the‭ ‘‬Jurassic World‭’ ‬site where the holotype was recovered).
Phonetic: She-day-sore-us.
Named By: Wu,‭ ‬Currie,‭ ‬Dong,‭ ‬Pan‭ & ‬Wang‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda.
Species: S.‭ ‬jinae‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Roughly estimated to be around‭ ‬6‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Yunnan Formation‭ ‬-‭ ‬Lufeng Formation.
Time period: Somewhere between Aalenian to Bathonian stages of the mid Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains.

       A little known theropod from the mid Jurassic of China,‭ ‬Shidaisaurus was so far only been described from partial remains.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬the Shidaisaurus remains were discovered along with the‭ ‬remains of several other individual dinosaurs,‭ ‬and the partial remains of an unknown theropod skull found nearby with‭ ‬the skeletal remains of a sauropod has been speculated to belong to Shidaisaurus.‭ ‬If correct then this would suggest the Shidaisaurus holotype is probably that of a juvenile or subadult since these skull bones are not fused like they would be in an adult.‭ ‬Due to its earlier appearance in the Jurassic it has come‭ ‬as no surprise that Shidaisaurus was more primitive in form than later Asian theropods of the Jurassic like Sinraptor.
       Another Chinese dinosaur to be named after a company is Gasosaurus.

Further reading
- A new theropod dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of Lufeng, Yunnan, China. - Acta Geologica Sinica 83 (1): 9–24. - X.-C. Wu, P. J. Currie, Z. Dong, S. Pan & T. Wang - 2009.


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