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meaning: "Alxa lizard - after the Alxa desert"
Named By: Dale Russel & Dong Zhiming in 1994
Time Period: Early Cretaceous, 112-100 Ma
Location: Mongolia - Bayin-Gobi Formation
Size: About 3.8 meters long
Diet: Herbivore
Fossil(s): 5 individuals of varying levels of completeness
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Dinosauria | Saurischia | Theropoda | Therizinosauroidea | Alxasauridae |

Alxasaurus ("Alxa Desert lizard") is a genus of therizinosauroid alxasaurid theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Period of Inner Mongolia. It is one of the earliest known members of the superfamily Therizinosauroidea, but it already possessed the body shape - including the long neck, short tail, and long hand claws - of later therizinosauroids. Like other members of this group, it was a bipedal herbivore with a large gut to process plant material. Several specimens are known and the largest was a little over 3.8 metres (12 feet) long. According to Gregory S. Paul, it was 4 metres (13 feet) long and its weight was about 400 kilograms (880 pounds).

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