Bellusaurus (Beautiful lizard)
Z. Dong - 1990
Estimated 5 meters long
B. sui (type)
China - Shishougou Formation
Mid Jurassic, 170 million years ago
I am excited to write about the dinosaur known as Bellusaurus, a beautiful lizard that roamed the Earth during the Middle Jurassic period, approximately 170 million years ago.
Bellusaurus was a sauropodomorph dinosaur, a group of dinosaurs that are characterized by their large size and long necks. Based on the fossils that have been discovered, scientists estimate that Bellusaurus was about 20 feet in length and weighed around 2-3 tons.
One of the most notable features of Bellusaurus is its relatively short neck, compared to other sauropodomorph dinosaurs. This short neck, along with its small head, suggests that Bellusaurus may have been a more bipedal dinosaur, using its hind legs to move around while using its tail and arms for balance.
In terms of its appearance, Bellusaurus was a fairly average-looking dinosaur, with a long, slender body and a small head. Its long hind legs and short arms were tipped with sharp claws, which may have been used for defense or to help it grab vegetation while feeding.
The name “Bellusaurus” is derived from the Latin words “bellus” which means beautiful, and “saurus,” which means lizard. This name was chosen to reflect the beauty of the fossils that were discovered, which were well-preserved and showed a high level of detail.
Overall, Bellusaurus is an important species for our understanding of sauropodomorph evolution and adaptations. Its short neck and bipedal posture may have played a role in the evolution of more advanced sauropods, such as the long-necked Diplodocus and Apatosaurus.
As a paleontologist, I am always excited to learn more about the fascinating dinosaurs that roamed the Earth millions of years ago, and Bellusaurus is no exception. I can't wait to see what new discoveries will be made about this beautiful lizard in the future!