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New Sauropod Dinosaur Unveiled: Lingwulong shenqi

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New Sauropod Dinosaur Unveiled: Lingwulong shenqi | Paleontology | Sci-News.com

Fossils of a diplodocoid sauropod dinosaur unearthed more than a decade ago in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, northwest China, have been recognized as belonging to a new species.


Lingwulong shenqi, which lived approximately 174 million years ago (Middle Jurassic epoch), is the earliest known example of a type of sauropod dinosaur called a neosauropod.

Sauropod dinosaurs originated around 200 million years ago, but they only started to dominate terrestrial ecosystems by developing gigantic body size and new adaptations for obtaining and processing plant food.
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The occurrence of Diplodocus-like sauropods in East Asia is causing paleontologists to rethink sauropod evolution & distribution, making this a significant discovery.
 
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