Some Shantungosaurs bones

Following from the last post, here’s a few Shantungosaurus elements that are on display. The skull is about 90% reconstructed but collectively there’s probably a near complete skull in the collections (i.e. cobble all the skull bits together and you have nearly the whole thing covered) so it’s pretty accurate. There’s also a bunch of bits in a cabinet (for reference, the rib fragment is about 2 ft long), a sacrum, and a *small* selection of *some* of the femora that have been dug up so far.

12 Responses to “Some Shantungosaurs bones”


  1. 1 Mark Robinson 05/07/2011 at 5:18 am

    Wow, there’s more thigh on display than in a can-can line!

    The last photo in the previous article (with a standard Doctor Hone for scale) appears to depict a mount of around 14m in length, altho’ perspective makes that a bit iffy. Is that about right?

    If so, that would make it the largest non-sauropod herbivore (and it achieved that length without cheating by having a long neck!).

    • 2 David Hone 05/07/2011 at 6:19 am

      Yep, 14+ m is pretty much it.

      It’s certainly longer than any other ornithischian I can think of and probably heavier too. I have heard rumours of other very big specimens of hadrosaurs, but based on what I know of, this is the biggest going.

      • 3 Dave Howlett 05/07/2011 at 11:48 am

        From what I recall, Lambeosaurus laticaudus got to about 15 metres, although as the remains lacked a preserved crest the generic assignment is uncertain.

      • 4 David Hone 05/07/2011 at 4:09 pm

        Well I’m not aware of that one. What I would say is that having been femur measuring, there is nothing in the ODP database that is even close to these. The *smallest* femur I’ve measured in the collections here is about 20 cm longer than the *biggest* one recorded in the ODP. Of course that doesn’t rule out huge hadrosaurs with no femora, but it does show how these things are in terms of size.

  2. 5 Zach Miller 05/07/2011 at 8:57 pm

    Holy crap, that’s a sauropod-sized hadrosaur…

    Isn’t there a lambeosaur from California based on a femur that’s really effing huge, too?

    • 6 Dave Howlett 05/07/2011 at 9:37 pm

      Yeah, that would be the aforementioned Lambeosaurus laticaudus. Having looked about on the net, the description is here:

      http://www.jstor.org/pss/1304231

      • 7 David Hone 06/07/2011 at 2:39 am

        Well there he’s talking about a 15m hadrosaur based on a 1.3 m femur. I’m talking femora in the region of 1.7 m and above. So rergardless of the scaling factor you use (length, weight, regressions, whatever),this is much, much, much bigger.

  3. 8 Jack C 06/07/2011 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve read in some chinese website that the largest Zhucheng hadrosaur was over 20+ m….is this an exaggeration, or are there really specimens which could have reached that size?

    • 9 David Hone 06/07/2011 at 3:09 pm

      Well I’ve not looked at the scaling issue properly (yet). I guess my statement would be that I’m not aware of any calculations that show they could get that big, but equally, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.

  4. 10 Yafet F. 21/12/2011 at 2:03 am

    I have a question that requires an answer, Can you list the hadrosaur species that lived in China alongside Shantungosaurus? I know some but for some reason there isn’t good articles on this subject here in U.S.

  5. 11 Dean, Fragillimus335 07/05/2013 at 4:12 am

    Sorry to revive a dead horse, but can you divulge the lenght of the largest femora you measured? I am just trying to determine wether the 18.7 meter estimates for Huaxiaosaurus/Shantungosaurus are feasible.

    • 12 David Hone 07/05/2013 at 8:16 am

      Sorry, don’t have the data immediately to hand. However I would say a) they are really, really massive and that size is plausible, however, b) see my recent paper (and blog posts) on tail lengths. Total length as a measure of size is almost meaningless because tail length can vary so much.


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