Shunosaurus

No. 305529

by Safari Ltd
$9.99USD

Shunosaurus is a distinctive dinosaur with a dangerous clubbed tail and a relatively short neck for a sauropod. This large plant eater occupied China during the Middle Jurassic, about 170 million years ago.

  • Scientific Name: Shunosaurus lii
  • Characteristics: Shunosaurus is a plant eater with a tiny skull relative to the size of its giant body. It has simple peg-like teeth for stripping leaves, a moderately long neck, and a long tail. Shunosaurus walked on all fours and its front legs are slightly shorter than its hind legs. Its front feet have a single claw on the thumb and its strong hind feet have five toes. Its tail ends with a swollen spiked club. It grew up to 33 feet long.
  • Size and Color: This detailed model is 6.5 inches long and 2.75 inches high. It has yellow and white stripes on its neck and tail.
  • The Shunosaurus is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free

History

This unusual long-necked dinosaur was named in 1983 based on bones excavated in 1977 from Sichuan Province, China. Its name even means ‘Sichuan Province lizard’. Further discoveries described in 1989 revealed that Shunosaurus had a spiked club on the end of its tail, an unusual adaptation because sauropod typically have long tapering whip-like tails.

Shunosaurus’ spiked club would have made an effective protective weapon against attacking predators. Sauropods are famous for their long necks, but Shunosaurus is also unusual in this regard because it has one of the shortest necks of all the sauropods. This suggests that it browsed on low vegetation on or close to the ground.

Shunosaurus lived in the Middle Jurassic about 170 million years ago. It shared its habitat with a wide variety of other Chinese dinosaurs including plated stegosaurs and predatory theropods. There is just one valid species of Shunosaurus, S. lii, named after Li Bing, the magistrate who governed what is now Sichuan Province from 256-251 BC.

  • Recommended Age: 3+
  • Size in cm: 16.5 L x
  • Size in inches: 6.5 L x
  • UPC: 095866000608