(Picture by Ville Sinkkonen)
    The enigmatic chuanlong (Allohadros magnificus)  is a recently discovered herbivore that lives deep within the forests of central Asia.  Known only from a single skin and observations gleaned from a Specbiologist from a boat on the Yangtze.

    The chuanlong was, at first assumed to be an ungulapede formosicorn, but examination of the head (unfortunately, the nature of the tell-tale hooves were un-recorded) leads one to believe that this dinosaur belong to the more basal hadrosauroid clan.  In fact, the chuanlong bears a striking resemblance to the Shambla of northern Eurasia, and to the hmungos of North America.

    Perhaps this cryptic herbivore is the descendant of the Pleistocene migration that brought the shambla to the Old World.  If so, the chuanlong is descended from a hitherto unknown branch of the hadrosauroid tree, for it exhibits a number of unique features, such as an inflatable nasal pouch and a series of bony scutes along its back.  Some have even suggested that the chuanlong is the last surviving representative of the paramegahadrines, a group of long-headed herbivores supposed to have gone extinct in the Pleistocene.  Until further material from this species can be collected, however, the species is placed within Megahadrinae.

(Text by Daniel Bensen)
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