Koshisaurus

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Koshisaurus
Temporal range: Early Cretaceous, 128 Ma
Koshisaurus NT small.jpg
Life reconstruction of Koshisaurus katsuyama
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Ornithischia
Suborder: Ornithopoda
Superfamily: Hadrosauroidea
Genus: Koshisaurus
Shibata and Azuma, 2015
Type species
Koshisaurus katsuyama
Shibata and Azuma, 2015

Koshisaurus is a monospecific genus of basal hadrosauroid from the Kitadani Formation in Japan. The discovery of the genus suggests that hadrosauroids had higher diversity along the eastern margin of Asia in the Early Cretaceous.[1] "Koshi" means an old Japanese regional name including Fukui prefecture where fossils of the genus were discovered.

Description[edit]

Koshisaurus was unlike most hadrosauroids due to the fact that it possessed an antorbital fossa, as well as three subsidiary ridges on its maxillary teeth, similar to those of Equijubus. These ridges are also present on the genera Xuwulong, Jinzhousaurus and Altirhinus; but all three lack antorbital fossae, placing them as more advanced than Koshisaurus.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shibaba, Masateru; Azuma, Yoichi (2015). "New basal hadrosauroid (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from the Lower Cretaceous Kitadani Formation, Fukui, central Japan" (PDF). Zootaxa. 3914: 421. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3914.4.3.|