Bellusaurus ‭(‬Beautiful lizard‭)

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Bellusaurus ‭(‬Beautiful lizard‭)

Phonetic : Bel-lu-sore-us.

Named By : Z.‭ ‬Dong‭ ‬-‭ ‬1990

Diet : Herbivore

Size : Estimated 5 meters long

Type of Dinosaur : Sauropod

Type Species : B.‭ ‬sui‭ (‬type‭)‬

Found in : China‭ ‬-‭ ‬Shishougou Formation

When it Lived : Mid Jurassic, 180-159 million years ago

Bellusaurus (meaning “Beautiful lizard” (derived from the Latin word bellus, which means “beautiful” (masculine version) in addition to Ancient Greek sauros ‘lizard’) was a small , short-necked sauropod dinosaur that lived in the Middle Jurassic which measured about 4.8 metres (16 feet) long. The fossils of it were discovered in the Shishugou Formation rocks of northwestern Junggar Basin in China.

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The only recognized species of Bellusaurus sui which was officially identified in the work of Dong Zhiming in 1991. The remains of Bellusaurus have been discovered within the Shishugou Formation in the northeastern Junggar Basin in China. Seventeen individuals were found within one quarry, indicating that a herd was killed by an erupting flood. There are signs that suggest they may have been all youngsters. Bellusaurus sui comes from Latin bellus, which means small delicate and beautiful since sauropods are small and light-built. The name sui, as it is known was named in honour of the Senior Preparator Youling Sui who was a renowned restorationist of dinosaurs. Bellusaurus was the final restoration completed by Mr. Sui.

It is unclear what part of the Bellusaurus fossils originates taken from young specimens. The characteristics of dinosaurs that are juvenile were noted in the work of Galton in 1982, who studied Stegosaur growth. His research suggests that the small group of Bellusaurus sauropods are juveniles who were exposed to a single disaster that resulted in the massive death assemblage observed as a result of this discovery. Due to the uncertainty in the specimen’s age, it is difficult to put the species in a particular taxonomic category due to the unsteady morphological characteristics.

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