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Kaijiangosaurus (Sergey Krasovskiy)


Kaijiangosaurus (Greek for "Kaijiang lizard"); pronounced KY-jee-ANG-oh-SORE-us


Woodlands of Asia

Historical Period:

Late Jurassic (160 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 13 feet long and 500 pounds



Distinguishing Characteristics:

Moderate size; bipedal stance


About Kaijiangosaurus:

Kaijiangosaurus is one of those dinosaurs that has been consigned to the "almost, but not quite" netherworld of paleontology: this large theropod (technically, a carnosaur) was discovered in China in 1984, in the same formation that yielded the better known, and much more amusingly named, Gasosaurus. In fact, most paleontologists believe that Kaijiangosaurus was either a specimen, or a species, of this more famous dinosaur, though only further fossil discoveries can decide the issue one way or the other.

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