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073--EUHELOPUS ZDANSKYI

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EUHELOPUS ZDANSKYI
"Otto Zdansky's True Marsh Foot"
Romer, 1956 (originally Helopus Wiman, 1929)
Length: 15m (50ft)
Weight: 15 tonnes (16.5 tons)
Location: Shandong, China
Era: Aptian age, lower Cretaceous (112 million years ago)

Classification:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Sauropodomorpha
Plateosauria
Massopoda
Anchisauria
Sauropoda
Neosauropoda
Macronaria
Titanosauriformes
Somphospondyli
Euhelopidae

Notes:
Originally named Helopus ("Marsh Foot") by Wiman in 1929, it was later realized that this name was already taken by a type of bird. Romer renamed it Euhelopus ("True Marsh Foot") in 1956--however, it is interesting to note that this too was already in use by a type of grass, but the rules that dictate naming allow for a name to be reused provided the two are not of the same biological kingdom, so Euhelopus is allowed to remain the name of this animal.
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ZeWqt's avatar
So, Euhelopus is also the name of a grass, interesting, I know another Dinosaur that shares it name with a plant, the Gastonia, there is a plant nammed G. cutispongia. :)