Wulagasaurus belongs to the family of saurolophine dinosaur that had been found existed in the late Cretaceous period, 66 million years ago. The fossil remains of the species were first discovered in China, Heilongjiang Province - Yuliangze Formation. This herbivore species comes under the classification of Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Ornithopoda, Hadrosauridae, Saurolophinae.
The species was first named and described by Pascal Godefroit, Shulin Hai, Tingxiang Yu and Pascaline Lauters in 2008. The preserved holotype, GMH W184 is the known part of collection of this species that consist of partial dentary, a cheekbone and two maxillae. Its unique distinguishing characteristics include slender dentary and hollowed tooth socket. Wulagasaurus structure, length and weight still remain unpredicted due to the incomplete remains.
The dinosaur previously was assumed to hadrosaurids. But later, Scientists on proceeding with further researches came to the conclusion that this species belong to the saurolophine family which is solely an herbivore.
|Name:||Wulagasaurus (Wulaga lizard).|
Pascal Godefroit, Shulin Hai, Tingxiang Yu and Pascaline Lauters - 2008.
Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Ornithopoda, Hadrosauridae, Saurolophinae.