Euhelopus zdanskyi
Euhelopus zdanskyi
Brian Franczak

EUHELOPUS (you-HEL-oh-pus)

Period: Late Jurassic

Order, Suborder, Family: Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha, Euhelopodidae

Location: Asia (People's Republic of China)

Length: 50 feet (15 meters)

Euhelopus was a large sauropod from China. It was much like Camarasaurus from the Late Jurassic of North America, but it was long and slender, with extra vertebrae in the neck and trunk. The skull of Euhelopus had a long snout region, quite unlike the short, blunt head of Camarasaurus. Unfortunately no teeth were found with the skull.

Euhelopus is known from a partial skeleton, including most of the neck and body vertebrae. The neck and body were long because of the extra vertebrae. It probably weighed around 15-20 tons. With its long, slender neck, Euhelopus may have looked like Brachiosaurus. It also probably reached high into treetops for food.

Originally named Helopus, a name that had been used before, it was renamed Euhelopus in 1956. Its name means "true marsh foot." Because of its unusual combination of features, Euhelopus is sometimes classified in a separate family, but it seems it was closely related to the Camarasauridae because of its vertebrae.

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