Name: Dashanpusaurus ‭(‬Dashanpu lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Dash-an-poo-sore-us.
Named By: Peng,‭ ‬Ye,‭ ‬Gao,‭ ‬Shu,‭ & ‬Jiang‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Macronaria,‭ ‬Camarasauridae.
Species: D.‭ ‬dongi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: China‭ ‬-‭ ‬Sichuan Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Lower Shaximiao Formation.
Time period: Bathonian/Callovian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Initially described from fragmentary post cranial remains,‭ ‬further fossils have now been attributed to it.

       Dashanpusaurus is identified as a macronarian sauropod that might by related to the North American Camarasaurus,‭ ‬which means that it may have been a more specialised high browser.‭ ‬This fits in with another genus of sauropod from the Lower Shaximiao Formation called Abrosaurus that has also been considered to be a possible relative of Camarasaurus.‭ ‬Interestingly other sauropods from the Lower Shaximiao include Omeisaurus and Shunosaurus but these are very different to both Abrosaurus and Dashanpusaurus in form.‭ ‬While the presence of these dinosaurs in the same fossil formation proves that they were active in the‭ ‬same approximate location and time as one another,‭ ‬they likely adopted different feeding strategies and thus avoided something with each other.
       Other dinosaurs of the Lower Shaximiao include the small ornithischian Agilisaurus and the stegosaur Huayangosaurus,‭ ‬as well as numerous predatory dinosaurs such as Gasosaurus,‭ ‬Leshansaurus and Kaijiangosaurus.‭ ‬However there was one theropod in particular called Yangchuanosaurus that would have been a particular threat to sauropods like Dashanpusaurus.‭ ‬Yangchuanosaurus was described from a set of remains indicating that it was an eight metre long predator,‭ ‬but further isolated fossils have since revealed that an upper length of eleven meters was possible.‭

Further reading
- A new camarasaurid from the Middle Jurassic, Xiashaximiao Formation in Dashanpu, China. - Jurassic Dinosaur Faunas in Zigong 81-85. - G. Peng, Y. Ye, Y. Gao, C. Shu & S. Jiang - 2005.


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