Pronunciation: ah-SIGH-lo-SOR-US Meaning: Unharmed lizard Author/s: Galton (1936) Synonyms: None known First Discovery: Bristol, England Chart Position: 133
(Unharmed lizard from Yale)EtymologyAsylosaurus is derived from the Greek "asylos" (unharmed, offered refuge or sanctuary, safe from violence) and "sauros" (lizard). The species epithet, yalensis, is named for Yale College (now University) where the fossils were taken by O.C. Marsh who participated in fossil exchanges with the Bristol institution and its curator Edward Wilson three times between 1888 and 1890, meaning it was unharmed by the Luftwaffe who bombed the buggery out of Bristol and its fossils in November, 1940, during WWII.
DiscoveryThe remains of Asylosaurus were discovered by Henry Riley and Samuel Stutchbury in the Magnesian Conglomerate Formation of the limestone quarries of Durdham Down, Quarry Steps, Clifton village, England, in 1834. At this point in time, Clifton was part of Gloucestershire, but it was incorporated into the city of Bristol in Somerset in the 1930s. The holotype (YPM 2195) is a partial skeleton including back vertebrae, ribs, gastralia, a shoulder girdle, humeri, a partial forearm, and a hand. Additional bones from the neck, tail, pelvis, arm and leg that may represent the same individual have also been referred to Asylosaurus.