I Know Dino Podcast Present Notes: Lufengosaurus (Episode 159)

I Know Dino Podcast Present Notes: Lufengosaurus (Episode 159)

In our 159th episode, we bought to speak with Dr. Jordan Mallona dinosaur specialist on the Canadian Museum of Nature. His analysis focuses on dinosaur ecology, in addition to ceratopsians and their life, development, and evolution. And at SVP, he had a poster in regards to the riddle of the other way up ankylosaurs. You’ll be able to comply with him on Twitter @Jordan_Mallon.

Episode 159 can also be about Lufengosaurus, a massospondylid that lived within the Jurassic in what’s now China.

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On this episode, we talk about:


  • The Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer was launched
  • The Haarlem Archaeopteryx has been re-described as its personal genus—Ostromia crassipes
  • The vacations are upon us, listed here are a few of the greatest dinosaur presents we discovered

The dinosaur of the day: Lufengosaurus

    • Massospondylid that lived within the Jurassic in what’s now China (at Shawan, close to Lufeng, in Yunnan province)
    • Title means “Lufeng lizard”
    • Bien Meinian, a geologist, discovered fossils within the late Nineteen Thirties
    • Paleontologist Yang Zhongjian (C.C. Younger, generally known as the “Father of Chinese language Vertebrate Palaeontology”) helped him in 1938
    • Yang named Lufengosaurus huenei in 1941
    • Genera identify refers to Lufeng, and the species identify is in honor of Yang’s outdated tutor, Friedrich von Huene
    • Yang’s description was hindered due to WWII, and never accessing all papers and never with the ability to totally evaluate with associated dinosaurs
    • Yang named a second species in 1940/41 and described it in 1947: Lufengosaurus magnus (which suggests “the massive one”)
    • Some have thought-about Lufengosaurus magnus to be a junior synonym of Lufengosaurus huenei
    • Typically thought-about to have two legitimate species: Lufengosaurus huenei and Lufengosaurus magnus
    • Yang additionally named Gyposaurus sinensis in 1940, however in 1976 Peter Galton advised it was equivalent to Lufengosaurus. The kind species, Gyposaurus capensis was already thought-about by many to be a synonym of Massospondylus. Then in 2004 Galton and Upchurch advised Gyposaurus sinensis was its personal species
    • Michael Cooper advised in 1981 that Lufengosaurus and Yunnanosaurus have been species of Massospondyls, however in 2005 Paul Barrett and others analyzed the cranium of Lufengosaurus huenei and located it was its personal genus
      Zhao Xijin named one other species in Lufengosaurus changduensis, primarily based on fossils present in Tibet. Nevertheless it’s not described and is a nomen nudum
    • Tawasaurus is a synonym of Lufengosaurus
    • About 30 specimens have been discovered
    • Lufengosaurus magnus was as much as one third longer than Lufengosaurus huenei
    • Small, early sauropodomorph, about 20 ft or 6 m lengthy (Gregory Paul estimated Lufengosaurus magnus to be 30 ft or 9 m lengthy and weigh 1.9 brief tons)
    • Had a protracted neck and brief forelimbs, and was most likely bipedal
    • Had sharp claws, and a big thumb claw
    • Claws might have been for protection or for getting meals from bushes
    • Cranium is about 10 in (25 cm) lengthy
    • Had a deep, broad snout, with bony bumps behind giant nostrils and on the cheeks
    • Had a bony ridge on its higher jaw
    • In all probability had giant cheeks
    • Had intently spaced, serrated enamel
    • In all probability herbivorous, could have been omnivorous
    • Eggshells and Lufengosaurus embryos have been present in a bone mattress in Yunnan in 2013. Bone mattress was most likely a collected of nests destroyed by flooding. 200 bones have been discovered
    • In December 2015, two Lufengosaurus skeletons (one among every species) was discovered whereas staff in China have been constructing a street. There could also be a museum constructed over the positioning to protect the fossils
    • Lufengosaurus grew quickly (could have outgrown potential predators)
    • Lived on the identical time and place as Dilophosaurus
    • Lufengosaurus was the primary full dinosaur skeleton mounted in China, in 1958; there was a commemorative postage stamp made
    • Can see Lufengosaurus within the Paleozoological Museum of China

Enjoyable Reality:

Sauropods could not have been as dumb as we frequently assume. In accordance with Mark Hallett and Mathew J. Wedel in The Sauropod Dinosaurs “Brains really develop solely about two-thirds as quick as our bodies, and because of this, giant animals have low ratios of mind to physique weight.”


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