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GASTONIA

a herbivorous polacanthid ankylosaurian dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of North America.
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Pronunciation: gas-TOH-nee-uh
Meaning: for Robert Gaston
Author/s: James Kirkland (1998)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Utah, USA
Chart Position: 352

Gastonia burgei

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(for Gaston and Burge)Etymology
Gastonia is named in honor of Robert Gaston, discoverer of the fossil site.
The species epithet, bergei (BUHR-jie), honors Donald L. Burge, director of the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum.
Discovery
The first remains of Gastonia were discovered at "Gaston Quarry" in the Yellow Cat Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation, Grand County, Utah, by Robert Gaston in 1999. The holotype (CEUM 1307) is an adult skull, 295mm long and 283 mm wide.
Many hundreds of disarticulated bones and pieces of armour, from perhaps ten individuals of different growth stages, have been discovered at Gaston Quarry and the Dalton Wells Dinosaur Quarry combined, which makes Gastonia the best-represented basal ankylosaur by far. The former site also yielded the remains of an as-yet unnamed iguanodontid and the holotype of Utahraptor.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Cretaceous
Stage: Barremian
Age range: 130-125 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 5 meters
Est. max. hip height: 1.3 meters
Est. max. weight: 1.9 tons
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Kirkland, J.I. (1998) "A polacanthid ankylosaur from the Early Cretaceous of eastern Utah" in Lucas, Kirkland and Estep (eds.) "Lower to Middle Cretaceous Non-marine Cretaceous Faunas". New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 14, p. 271-281.b.
• Blows, W.T. (2001) "Dermal Armor of Polacanthine Dinosaurs" in Carpenter, Kenneth "The Armored Dinosaurs (Life of the Past)".
• Kirkland, J.I. and Madsen, S.K. (2007) "The Lower Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation, eastern Utah: the view up an always interesting learning curve".
• Paul, G.S. (2010) "The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs".
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Atkinson, L. "GASTONIA :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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