24 April 2012
One Day We Shall Find It
There are papers on Tuojiangosaurus. Are they on the internet? Some of them are. Most of the directly related papers in which only Tuojiangosaurus were studied are not, but that's okay. We have an entry from Carpenter and Currie's Dinosaur Systematics book by Dong Zhiming about Asian Stegosaurs which of course discusses Tuojiangosaurus. There is also another paper from 1980 by Zhiming about the stratigraphic positions of Chinese dinosaurs. I will not lie to you, it is a fairly dry read if, like me, you're more of a biological paleontologist than a geographic paleontologist; no arguments about which is better thank you. I just don't get that excited about the rock and mineral side of the science; I'm all about the living part and how muscles worked and what Tuojiangosaurus used its plates for and how it moved. Still, this Chinese fauna paper is a good read because it discusses where in the soil these animals are found in China. The last thing I have to share today is a Dodson on Dinosaurs article from American Paleontologist. The article discusses a lot of what has made China a hot spot for fossils, Chinese naming of dinosaurs, and he even takes a moment to remind everyone that China now has more genera than the U.S. (since 2007 actually). His article isn't about Tuojiangosaurus honestly, but it tells us a lot about how and why China is so important in the paleontological sciences these days.