Leshansaurus was a medium-sized theropod that lived in China during the Late Jurassic period. The majority of the skeleton was discovered. It is made up of a partial skull with a lower jaw, seven cervical vertebrae, twelve thoracic vertebrae, five sacral vertebrae, two caudal vertebrae, and hind leg and hand pieces. The femur measures 62 centimetres in length while the tibia measures 52 centimetres in length. Leshansaurus had an estimated overall length of 6-7 metres based on the length of the femur.
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1: Leshansaurus quick facts:
Name: Leshansaurus (Greek for “Leshan Lizard”); pronounced Leh-shan-sore-us
When it lived: Late Jurassic, 161-155 million years ago
Type of dinosaur: Large Theropod
Habitat: Forests and grasslands.
Length/Weight: 6-7 meter/unknown
Distinguishing Characteristics: Possessed longer, broader jaws than most theropods of the period.
Named by: Li et al. (2009)
2: How do you pronounce ‘Leshansaurus’?
The name Leshansaurus should be pronounced “Leh-shan-sore-us.”
3: What does the name Leshansaurus mean?
The generic name Leshansaurus alludes to Leshan, a neighbouring city in Sichuan, China, while the specific epithet refers to the county where the fossils were discovered, Qianwei.
4: What Did Leshansaurus Look Like?
Leshansaurus qianweiensis was a mid-sized theropod from the late Jurassic of China with proportionally longer and slightly wider jaws than most other theropods of the time. The front of its head was elongated and broad.
Now it has been discovered that Leshansaurus is more closely related to Megalosaurs. It possesses extremely long jaws that would have likely allowed it to eat small stegosaurs such as Chungkingosaurus, Gigantspinosaurus, and Chialingosorex.