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Bellusaurus
Fossil range: Middle Jurassic
Skull of a Bellusaurus sui on display at the Paleozoological Museum of China.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Infraorder: Sauropoda
Genus: Bellusaurus
Chao, 1987

Bellusaurus (meaning "Beautiful lizard") was a small short-necked sauropod dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic which measured about 4.8 metres long. Its fossils were found in Wucaiwan Formation rocks in the northeastern Junggar Basin in China.

Discovery and species

An artist's depiction of Bellusaurus

The type (and only known) species is Bellusaurus sui, formally described by Chao in 1987. Seventeen individuals were found in a single quarry, suggesting that a herd had been killed in a flash flood. Some features suggest they may have all been juveniles.

Bellusaurus species

  • B. sui

References

  • Dong Zhiming (1992). Dinosaurian Faunas of China. China Ocean Press, Beijing. ISBN 3-540-52084-8.  

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