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Qiaowanlong (Nobu Tamura)


Qiaowanlong (Chinese for "Qiaowan dragon"); pronounced zhow-wan-LONG


Woodlands of Asia

Historical Period:

Middle Cretaceous (100 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 35 feet long and 10 tons



Distinguishing Characteristics:

Longer front than back legs; long neck

About Qiaowanlong:

Until recently, Brachiosaurus-like sauropods were thought to be confined to North America, but that all changed in 2007 with the discovery of Qiaonwanlong, an Asian sauropod that (with its long neck and longer front than back legs) resembled a two-thirds-scale copy of its more famous cousin. To date, Qiaowanlong has been "diagnosed" based on a single incomplete skeleton; further discoveries should help ascertain its exact place on the sauropod family tree.
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