Asiatosaurus

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Asiatosaurus
Temporal range: Early Cretaceous
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Clade: Sauropoda
Genus: Asiatosaurus
Osborn, 1924
Species
  • A. mongoliensis Osborn, 1924 (type)
  • A. kwangshiensis Hou, Yeh & Zhao, 1975

Asiatosaurus (meaning "Asian lizard") was a genus of herbivorous sauropod dinosaur which lived during the early Cretaceous. Its fossils have been found in China and Mongolia. It is known only from teeth, making it difficult to rely on information until more specimens are found to expand our knowledge.

The type species, A. mongoliensis, was described by Osborn, in 1924.[1] It was the first sauropod genus named from East-Asia. A. kwangshiensis was described by Hou, Yeh and Zhao, in 1975 based on teeth from the Napai Formation of Guangxi, China.[2] Both are now classified as nomina dubia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ H. F. Osborn. 1924. Sauropoda and Theropoda from the Lower Cretaceous of Mongolia. American Museum Novitates 128:1-7
  2. ^ L.-h. Hou, H.-k. Yeh, and X.-j. Zhao. 1975. Fossil reptiles from Fusui, Kwangshi. Vertebrata PalAsiatica 13(1):24-33