Name: Zizhongosaurus ‭(‬Zizhong lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Zie-zong-o-sore-us.
Named By: Z.‭ ‬Dong,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Zhou‭ & ‬Y.‭ ‬Zhang‭ ‬-‭ ‬1983.
Classification: Chordta,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Vulvanodontidae.
Species: Z.‭ ‬chuanchengensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains.
Known locations: ‭ ‬China,‭ ‬Sichuan Province.‭
Time period: Early Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Paritial post cranial remains,‭ ‬including a humerus,‭ ‬pubis,‭ ‬and vertebra.

       The problem with Zizhongosaurus is that not a lot of fossil material exists for this‭ ‬dinosaur,‭ ‬and what is known is incomplete,‭ ‬all factors which have led to this genus being treated as a nomen dubium by many.‭ ‬In addition a second set of remains used to establish a second species,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬huangshibanensis,‭ ‬are also considered as a nomen nudum today.‭

Further reading
-‭ ‬Dinosaurs from the Jurassic of Sichuan,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬Dong,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Zhou‭ & ‬Y.‭ ‬Zhang‭ ‬-‭ ‬1983.

-‭ ‬The Characteristics of the Composition of the Trace Elements in Jurassic Dinosaur Bones and Red Beds in Sichuan Basin,‭ ‬K.‭ ‬Li,‭ ‬Y.‭ ‬Zhang‭ & ‬K.‭ ‬Cai‭ ‬-‭ ‬1999.


Random favourites