Pronunciation: AB-ro-SOR-us Meaning: Delicate (skull) lizard Author/s: Ouyang (1989) Synonyms: 'Abrosaurus gigantorhinus' First Discovery: Sichuan, China Chart Position: 272
EtymologyAbrosaurus is derived from the Greek "habros" (delicate, light) in reference to its very delicate skull, and the Greek "sauros" (lizard).
The species epithet, dongpoi, is derived from "Dongpo" (to honor Su Dongpo; pen name of Su Shi (1036-1101 AD), a famous Song Dynasty writer and poet from Sichuan Province where the fossils were found) and the Latin "i" (a suffix which is used to honor male individuals). The epithet was initially published as dongpoensis (doong-paw-EN-sis). However, the Latin suffix "-ensis" is used to honor localities rather than people, so it had to be changed.
DiscoveryThe Delicate Lizard was discovered at Dashanpu Quarry in the Lower Shaximiao (Xiashaximiao) Formation, Sichuan Province, China, in 1984. The holotype (ZDM 5038, housed at the Zigong Dinosaur Museum) is a complete and well preserved skull. A fragmentary skull (ZDM5033) was also found in the same quarry.