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CHUANJIESAURUS

a plant-eating mamenchisaurid sauropod dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of China.
Pronunciation: CHWAHN-jyeh-SOR-us
Meaning: Chuanjie lizard
Author/s: Fang et al. (2000)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Yunnan, China
Chart Position: 381

Chuanjiesaurus anaensis

Etymology
Chuanjiesaurus is derived from "Chuanjie" (the township in which it was discovered), and the Greek "sauros" (lizard). The species epithet, anaensis, means "from Ana (village)" in Latin.
Discovery
The first remains of Chuanjiesaurus were discovered in the "Red Beds" of the Chuanjie Formation at Ana Village, Chuanjie Township, Lufeng County, Yunnan Province, China, by Mr. Tao Wang of the Lufeng Dinosaur Museum in 1995. Bucking the trend of excavating fossils and transporting them to a museum for preparation and study, they were left in the ground under a locals-built house for protection until 2008, then the "World Dinosaur Valley" was built on top of them. The holotype (Lfch 1001) is a partial skeleton, lacking a skull. An almost complete, skull-less skeleton (LCD9701-I) is preserved beside the holotype at the same site.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Middle Jurassic
Stage: Bajocian-Bathonian
Age range: 171-165 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 25 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 26 tons
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Fang X, Long Q, Lu L, Zhang Z, Pan S, Wang Y, Li X, Cheng Z (2000) "Lower, Middle and Upper Jurassic divisions of the Lufeng region of Yunnan Province". Memoir of the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, 10: 1-54.
• Sekiya T (2011) "Re-examination of Chuanjiesaurus anaensis (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) from the Middle Jurassic Chuanjie Formation, Lufeng County, Yunnan Province, southwest China". Proceedings of the Third National Stratigraphical Conference of China. Geological Publishing House, Beijing 208-214.
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Atkinson, L. "CHUANJIESAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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