Bellusaurus

Bellusaurus

  • Pronounced:  Bell-you-Sore-us

  • Diet:  Herbivore (Plant-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Beautiful Lizard"

  • Length:  16 feet (5 m)

  • Height:  5 feet (1.5 m)

  • Weight:  1,000 pounds (450 kilos)

  • Time:  Middle Jurassic - 170 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in China

Bellusaurus was a small, long-necked (sauropod) dinosaur that lived in what is now China. It belonged to the same family as Cetiosaurus  , and it is not very well known, although parts of 17 different Bellusauruses were found in one spot.

Discovered in "Dinosaur valley" in 1954 by oil-seeking geologists, the Bellusaurus remains were found in a bone bed containing 17 individuals. The position of the remains suggests that a herd of these dinosaurs may have been caught in a flash flood and that the smaller individuals were killed. It is not known how large they may have grown. The known specimens are quite small for mid-Jurassic sauropods.



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