Illustration of Zigongosaurus
|Lived||150 million years ago|
Zigongosaurus had the classic long neck and whip tail of a sauropod. It was about 16 metres long and weighed 10 tonnes. There wasn't much that made it stand out from other sauropods. Incomplete fossils suggest that it looked somewhat like Mamenchisaurus or a similar sauropod.
When Zigongosaurus was first discovered, in 1976, the specimen was named Zigongosaurus fuxiensis. In 1983, it was believed to be a species of Omeisaurus, and was assigned to the name Omeisaurus fuxiensis. In the mid-1990's, it was then assigned to Mamenchisaurus fuxiensis. However, its origins remain uncertain, and for the time being it remains placed in its own genus, Zigongosaurus.
- ↑ Zhiming, Dong; S. Zhou; and H. Zhang (1983). "Dinosaurs from the Jurassic of Sichuan" (in Chinese). Palaeontologica Sinica, New Series C 162 (33): 1–136.