Chinese Brachiosaurs

Everything Dinosaur has a post on the Chinese cousin of the American and African Brachiosaur.

In a paper published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology, the Chinese researchers describe the fossilised remains of a member of the Brachiosauridae family.  The fossils were found in the Yujingzi Basin in northwestern Gansu Province, in strata dated to the mid Cretaceous, approximately 100 million years ago.  The Chinese team comment on the notion that many palaeontologists believe that the Sauropods went into relative decline during the Cretaceous, after their heyday in the Jurassic with the Ornithopods becoming more diverse and numerous.  However, a number of new Sauropod species have been discovered in Cretaceous sediments, so perhaps this particular type of dinosaur was more common in the Cretaceous than previously thought.

The animal has been named Qiaowanlong kangxii (we think the name is pronounced something like chi-oh-wan-long kang-zee), it was relatively small for a Brachiosaur with an estimated length of 12 metres, standing 3 metres tall and weighing perhaps as much as a bull African elephant.  The name refers to the Qing Dynasty emperor called Kangxi but also includes the Chinese for “bridge”, “bend in a stream” and “dragon” references to the fossil site and a dream the emperor is supposed to have had.


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