Silutitan sinensis

Silutitan sinensis is a new species of sauropod, an herbivore dinosaur having a very long neck, long tail, large body and small head. It is also known as “silu”, which in Chinese Mandarin pinyin means “Silk Road”, the ancient trade route that connected the West and the East. The new species belongs to a family of sauropods called Euhelopodidae, which are found only in East Asia. Its estimated length is more than 65 feet – almost as large as the blue whales.
Silutitan sinensis is one of the two new species found in northwest China, the region where dinosaur fossils were never found before. It was found along with two different dinosaurs in ChinaÂ’s Turpan-Hami Basin about 2 to 5km apart.


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