Systematics, Behavior and Living Environment of Shantungosaurus Giganteus (Dinosauria: Hadrosauridae)

  title={Systematics, Behavior and Living Environment of Shantungosaurus Giganteus (Dinosauria: Hadrosauridae)},
  author={Jia Yannan and Wang Xu-ri and Liu Yongqing and Ji Qiang},
  journal={Acta Geologica Sinica ‐ English Edition},
  • Jia YannanWang Xu-ri Ji Qiang
  • Published 1 February 2011
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Acta Geologica Sinica ‐ English Edition
On the basis of the taphonomy, osteological anatomy and ontogenetic variation, Zhuchengosaurus maximus Zhao et al., 2007 is considered to be synonymic with Shantungosaurus giganteus Hu, 1973 herein. This paper also deals with the life behavior of S. giganteus and the environment in which S. giganteus lived. S. giganteus is considered to be a terrestrial and gregarious herbivorous dinosaur and lived in hills and intervales in warm weather with plentiful rain and flourishing vegetation. 

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