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Gasosaurus (Shanghai Museum of Science and Technology)


Gasosaurus (Greek for "gas lizard"); pronounced gas-oh-SORE-us


Woodlands of China

Historical Period:

Late Jurassic (160 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 13 feet long and 500 pounds



Distinguishing Characteristics:

Large head; powerful legs; stiff tail

About Gasosaurus:

The only remains of the obscure but amusingly named Gasosaurus were discovered in 1985 by the employees of a Chinese gas-mining company. From the limited number of fossil remains, adding up to a single partial skeleton, paleontologists believe that Gasosaurus resembled a vastly scaled-down Allosaurus, its fellow (and more famous) theropod, though its arms were a bit longer compared to its overall size. Because so few specimens of Gasosaurus have been identified, it's possible that this dinosaur may have been misclassified--and is in fact a species of Megalosaurus or Kaijiangosaurus.

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