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GASOSAURUS

a meat-eating theropod dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of China.
Pronunciation: GAS-o-SOR-us
Meaning: Gas Lizard
Author/s: Dong and Tang (1985)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Sichuan, China
Chart Position: 254

Gasosaurus constructus

The only confirmed specimen of this obscure and unfortunately-named dinosaur were discovered in 1985 by the employees of a Chinese gas mining company, but despite its fragmentary nature palaeontologists have managed to piece together something that is undeniably... a theropod.

The skull is the "Rosetta stone" of fossils and often sheds the most light on new discoveries, but as Gasosaurus is currently headless its classification has proven problematic. It has been pegged as a coelurosaur, a carnosaur, a common ancestor of coelurosaurs and carnosaurs and the most basal tetanuran by various experts at different times. But it may be a misclassified megalosauroid or even a synonym of Kaijiangosaurus instead, in which case it would be lost to the mists of time as the latter was named first.

Rumour has it; Gasosaurus could be an allosauroid, possibly a sinraptorid (or a metriacanthosaurid, depending on which expert you follow), but this theory is based on material that has yet to be officially described. To clear things up we really need more Gas'. No wind-breaking gags, please. This is a family site.
Etymology
Gasosaurus constructus is a "sauros" (Greek: lizard) that was discovered during the construction of a gas facility. Simples.
Discovery
The remains of Gasosaurus were discovered in the Lower Shaximiao (Xiashaximiao) Formation near Dashanpu, Zigong, Sichuan Province, China, in 1985. The holotype (IVPP V7264) includes vertebrae, humerus, pelvis, leg and foot bones.
Egg hatching hoax
In early 2014, a website renowned for its spoof news reports released an article in which they claimed that a malfunction in the heating system at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin had accidentally created ideal incubation conditions and a 160 million year old Gasosaurus egg had actually hatched. Of course, it was a joke, but not everyone got it. Not this museum, nor any other, has a Gasosaurus egg. And even if they did, the chances of it hatching are less than zero. Still, the article went viral, and thousands of gullible folks made themselves look silly.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Middle Jurassic
Stage: Bathonian-Callovian
Age range: 168-161 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 4 meters
Est. max. hip height: 1.5 meters
Est. max. weight: 250 Kg
Diet: Carnivore
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Theropoda
Tetanurae
Carnosauria
Sinraptoridae?
Gasosaurus
constructus
References
• Dong and Tang (1985) "A new Mid-Jurasic theropod (Gasosaurus constructus gen et sp. nov.) from Dashanpu, Zigong, Sichuan Province, China". Vertebrata PalAsiatica. 23(1), 77-82.
• Thomas R. Holtz, jr. (2000) "A new phylogeny of the carnivorous dinosaurs". Gaia. 15, 5-61.
• "Dinosaur Egg Hatches". Urban Legends Reference Pages. Snopes.com.
• Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., R.E. Molnar and P.J. Currie (2004) "Basal Tetanurae" in Weishampel, Dodson and Osmólska (eds.) "The Dinosauria: Second Edition".
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To cite this page:
Atkinson, L. "GASOSAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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