A New Family of Sauropod Dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of Tianzhen, Shanxi Province, China


  • PANG Qiqing,

    1. Department of Resources Environmental Protection and Engineering, Shijiazhuang University of Economics, Shijiazhuang 050031, Hebei
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      Pang Qiqing Male, born in May 1938; graduated from the speciality of stratigraphy and palaeontology, Department of Geology and Mineral Resource, Beijing College of Geology in 1960. Professor of Shijiazhuang University of Economics, mainly engaged in teaching and investigation of palaeontology and stratigraphy. Tel: (0311) 5887711–3306; Fax: (0311) 5882562.

  • CHENG Zhengwu

    1. Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing 100037
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A new gigantic sauropod, Huabeisaurus allocotus gen. et sp. nov., about 20 m in length and 5 m in height, was discovered in the Upper Cretaceous Huiquanpu Formation, Tianzhen County, Shanxi Province. It is notably different from Diplodocidae, Titanosauridae and Nemegtosauridae in the following aspects: the teeth are strong, peglike with a length ratio of the tooth crown to tooth root at about 3 to 1; the cervical vertebrae are long with forked spines; the spines in dorsal vertebrae are relatively high, unbifurcated; the caudal vertebrae are amphicoelous, with anterior neural spines and unbifurcated spines and chevrons; the femur is straight and long, narrow and flat and the tibia and fibula are long and flat. These characters show that the described genus should represent a new family, Huabeisauridae fam. nov. The discovery enriches the sauropod dinosaur record in China, and is quite significant to the study of the taxonomy, evolution, migration, extinction and palaeobiogeographic provincialism of the Late Cretaceous sauropod dinosaurs.