Name Euhelopus
Order Saurischia
Suborder Sauropodomorpha
Class Sauropsida
Period Cretaceous, 70 million years ago
Location Shandong Province, China
Diet herbivore
Size 49-50 feet(15 meters)

Euhelopus is a genus of Euhelopodidae Sauropod dinosaur that lived during the Early Cretaceous, between 130 and 112 million years ago. It lived in what is now Shandong Province in China. A large herbivore, it weighed approximately 15-20 tons and attained an adult length of 15 meters (50 feet). Unlike most other sauropods, Euhelopus had longer fore legs than hind legs.


Discovery and naming[]

It was originally named Helopus, meaning "Marsh Foot" by Carl Wiman in 1929, but this name already belonged to a bird. It was renamed Euhelopus in 1956 by Romer. There is a plant genus (a grass) with the same generic name. However, a genus in one biological kingdom is allowed to bear a name that is in use as a genus name in another kingdom, and the name Euhelopus has been allowed. The type species is Euhelopus zdanskyi. Euhelopus is known from a partial skeleton composed of most of the neck and spinal column and a skull that was missing its teeth. The type material is in the Paleontological Museum of Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.