Meet the new Chinese Mamenchisaur!

Paleontologists from China, Japan, and Canada have teamed up and uncovered extraordinary fossils of a new Sauropod dinosaur in China! These fossils were found near Qijiang, Chongqing Municipality. The fossils uncovered, a skull and a vertebrae, are actually quite rare and difficult to come by in a Sauropod, because the skull is small compared to the rest of the body, and it detaches over the millions of years it was buried. The dinosaur, Qijianglong guokr, was about 15 meters in length. The name means “Dragon of Qijiang”. “Qijianglong guokr is a cool animal. If you imagine a huge animal that is half-neck, you see that evolution can do extraordinary things,” said Tetsuto Miyashita, PhD student at the University of Alberta. Qijianglong belongs to a group of dinosaurs called Mamenchisaurids. They are a branch of sauropod, with extremely long necks. Many have been found in Central Asia. Qijianglong lived during the Late Jurassic period, about 150 million years ago. Thanks for reading my article on the latest dinosaur that has been discovered in China, and I hope to write about more soon. Goodbye!image_2444-Qijianglong-guokr

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