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Bashunosaurus
Bashunosaurus
Reconstructed skeleton of Bashunosaurus kaijangensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Genus: Bashunosaurus
Type species
Bashunosaurus kaijangensis
Kuang, 2004

Bashunosaurus was a dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic. It was a sauropod collected from the Lower Shaximiao Formation in Dashanpu, Zigong Sichuan province, China. It shared the local Middle Jurassic landscape with other sauropods Shunosaurus, Omeisaurus and Protognathosaurus,the ornithopod Xiaosaurus and the early stegosaur Huayangosaurus as well as the carnivorous Gasosaurus.

Classification[]

Bashunosaurus was described as a camarasaurid related to Camarasaurus, which leaves open the possibility it is actually an "euhelopodid" related to Euhelopus.[1]

Bashunosaurus is only known from (as a) damaged skull. After restoring the entire skeleton, it seemed to be related to the Omeisaurus although its maxillary morphology is more similar with Shunosaurus , in the lack of a window in the jaw and has a smaller dentition, distinguishing it from the Abrosaurus.

  1. Kuang XW. 2004A new Sauropoda from Kaijiang dinosaur fauna in middle Jurassic beds of North-Eastern Sichuan. In Collection of the 90th anniversary of Tianjin museum of natural history (eds Sun JW), pp. 40. Tianjin, China: Tianjin Science and Technology Press.
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