Yimenosaurus

Name: Yimenosaurus ‭(‬Yimen lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Yi-men-o-sore-us.
Named By: Z.‭ ‬bai,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Yang‭ & ‬G.‭ ‬Wang‭ ‬-‭ ‬1990.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha.
Species: Y.‭ ‬youngi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Roughly about‭ ‬9‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Yimen‭ ‬-‭ ‬Fengjiahe Formation.
Time period: Hettangian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeletons of at least ten individuals,‭ ‬and one skull.

       Yimenosaurus is one of the more popular sauropodomorph dinosaurs thanks to the large number of fossils from several individuals that make up the genus.‭ ‬At the time of writing the only uncertainty concerning Yimenosaurus are the limbs,‭ ‬which have a distinct lack of representation.‭ ‬Yimenosaurus is also known to have easily attained sizes of up to nine meters‭ ‬long,‭ ‬with some estimates hinting at a slightly‭ ‬larger size than this,‭ ‬which easily make Yimenosaurus one‭ ‬of the largest sauropodomorph dinosaurs that we have discovered thus far.
       Yimenosaurus lived in China at the beginning of the Jurassic period,‭ ‬and already the future quadrupedal body form of the later sauropod dinosaurs which will be descended from sauropodomorphs is already apparent.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new genus of prosauropod from the Yuxi‭ (‬region‭) ‬of Yunnan Province‭ [‬Yunnan Yuxi yuanxijiao lei yi xin shu‭]‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Yuxi Cultural Organization‭ ‬-‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬bai,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Yang‭ & ‬G.‭ ‬Wang‭ ‬-‭ ‬1990.



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