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RE: Tiantai(o)saurus Dong et al. 2007, missed Chinese therizinosaur?
Good find! I've never heard of Tiantaiosaurus, but Qian et al. (2012) does
provide us with the first good photo of "Chilantaisaurus" zhejiangensis. Note
they use both Jaime Headden's (fig. 14) and another online artist's (fig. 5-10)
illustrations. Were they credited?
I recommend checking- Qian, Jiang, Xing, Ding, Ying, Jiang and Zhang, 2007.
[Chinese title]. Journal of Geology. 31(2), 81-89.
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> Subject: Tiantai(o)saurus Dong et al. 2007, missed Chinese therizinosaur?
> Ben Creisler
> Checking the web for recent refs in Chinese, I came across a dinosaur
> I had not heard of before and that I am still trying to find the
> original citation for.
> Here's what I have so far, so in case someone knows more I will not
> spend extra time in the search. It's not in Mickey's theropod database
> with either spelling.
> The dinosaur Tiantaisaurus is mentioned and pictured in this paper,
> which can be downloaded at the link.
> QIAN Mai-ping, ZHANG Zong-yan, JIANG Yang, JIANG Yan-gen, ZHANG
> Yuan-jun, CHEN Rong & XING Guang-fu (2012)
> Cretaceous Therizinosaurs in Zhejiang of eastern China.
> Journal of Geology 36 (4): 337-348
> pdf :
> Some fossil skeletons of Therizinosauridae dinosaurs were found in
> Cretaceous Zhongdai and Laijia Formations in Tiantai, Zhejiang
> Province. It was proved that their distribution areas were spread in
> Mongolia, Kazakhstan, western area in North America, and northern,
> northeastern, southern and eastern areas in China. According to the
> fossils found and studies for over a century, the puzzled
> paleontologists by the confusing animals for many years discovered and
> revealed gradually their e
> successfully from carnivore to mainly vegetarian, or probably both,
> became euryphagous dinosaurs. The dinosaurs were distributed widely in
> various environments during Cretaceous period. The pneumaticity in
> vertebrae of Tiantaisaurus sifengensis found in Tiantai Basin of
> Zhejiang Province in eastern China suggested that the dinosaurs with
> big creatures were not bulky and their vertebrae was similar to that
> of the present birds. Although the pneumaticity of vertebrae of
> dinosaurs could not determine its acting respiratory system like
> present birds, yet it undoubtedly benefited the creatures' weight loss
> and enhanced its flexibility of activity. Then, it could be confirmed
> that many dinosaurs and birds were closely related during their
> The dinosaur was discussed in a short article in an earlier issue of
> the same Chinese journal, but with the name spelled Tiantaiosaurus. I
> can't find a pdf online at the moment.
> QIAN Mai-ping (2011)
> Chinese Dinosaur Spectrum (60) - [Shifeng Tiantai dragon]
> (Tiantaiosaurus sifengensis Dong, et al, 2007)
> Journal of Geology, 2011,35 (4): (pg?)
> A dinosaur skeleton fossil was found in the upper part of the upper
> Cretaceous of the county, Zhejiang Province, on 2005, including 12
> cervical vertebrae, 9 dorsal vertebrae, 28 caudal vertebrae, 13 dorsal
> ribs, and the deformed pelvis and hind legs. Although the missing
> skull, sacral, forelegs and feet, but still so far found in Zhejiang
> the most complete dinosaur skeleton fossils. 2007, Chinese Academy of
> Sciences Dong Zhiming and other relevant departments of experts...
> So far, I can't find the citation Dong et al., 2007 that contains the
> original description. It's not given in the article at the top
> unfortunately. It would be good to know how to spell the name as
> It turns out that the Chinese journal Journal of Geology has had a
> number of dinosaur-related articles over t
> overlooked. I'll do a post to help catch up. Unfortunately, pdfs are
> hard to find for the articles.