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meaning: "either 'Chieftain lizard' or 'Big head lizard'"
Named By: Z. Dong & Z. Tang in 1984
Time Period: Middle Jurassic
Location: China - Dashanpu (Lower Shaximiao) Formation
Size: About 15 meters long
Diet: Herbivore
Fossil(s): Partial skeletons of two individuals
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Dinosauria | Saurischia | Sauropodomorpha | Sauropoda | Eusauropoda | Mamenchisauridae |

Datousaurus, meaning either "Chieftain lizard" or "Big-head Lizard" (from the Malay datou "chieftain" or Chinese da tou "Big Head" and Greek sauros/sauros "lizard") was a dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic. It was a sauropod collected from the Lower Shaximiao Formation in Dashanpu, Zigong Sichuan province, China. It shared the local Middle Jurassic landscape with other sauropods Shunosaurus, Omeisaurus and Protognathosaurus, the ornithopod Xiaosaurus and the early stegosaur Huayangosaurus as well as the carnivorous Gasosaurus.

Read more about Datousaurus at Wikipedia
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