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Re: Questions again



In a message dated 97-07-29 20:55:00 EDT, jkane@dcn.davis.ca.us writes:

<< When at first you get no response try try again. Please, I would like any
 information as to where Nurasaurus fits into the world of saurapods. Is it
 even a legit critter? ANY response would be pretty nice at this
point.-Jennifer >>

Nurosaurus qaganensis is an as-yet-undescribed species of large sauropod
whose partial skeleton was discovered in the late 1980s or early 1990s in
Inner Mongolia. By 1991 the skeleton was mounted, heavily restored, at the
local museum in Hohhot, China, which (as I recall) is the capital of Inner
Mongolia. Not long after that, the skeleton was converted into a knock-down
"traveling mount" as part of an exhibition of Chinese and Mongolian dinosaurs
sent to museums and exhibition halls around the world--a tour that it is
apparently still in the middle of. The skeleton as mounted is just under 26
meters long, making it the world's largest free-standing dinosaur skeleton
(slightly larger than the Brachiosaurus at the Field Museum in Chicago and
the Giraffatitan--also known as Brachiosaurus--at the Humboldt Museum in
Berlin). Unfortunately, the skull is fake as are many of the other elements,
so there's no point trying to classify it until the description is published.
If the cervical vertebral count is correct, it may be some kind of
stout-necked euhelopodid.

It also goes under the name Nuoerosaurus chaganensis and a few other similar
names. A good photo of the skeleton is in Don Glut's new dinosaur
encyclopedia. A color photo of the skeleton at Hohhot appears in the first
issue of the Japanese magazine Kyoryugaku Saizensen (Dino-Frontline),
published in 1992. Its name was first published by Dong Zhiming in his book
Dinosaurian Faunas of China.