How did the Dinosaur Saichania get its Name?

The Naming of the Ankylosaur Saichania

The Late Cretaceous member of the Ankylosauridae family, (a group of armoured dinosaurs) known as Saichania (S. chulsanensis) has caused some confusion amongst young dinosaur fans.  Many ask us how did this seven metre long, herbivore get its name.

Saichania (Saichania chulsanensis) was named and described by the Polish palaeontologist Teresa Maryánska in 1977.  In a departure from normal scientific practice whereby dinosaurs are named from Greek or Latin, Teresa named this animal after the local Mongolian for “beautiful”.  This has caused some confusion as some writers have stated that Saichania got its name from the beautifully preserved fossils.  Others state that Saichania was named after the “Saichan-tue” mountains of the Gobi desert.

The fossil remains of Saichania were certainly very well preserved and are almost complete, providing remarkable data on this heavily armoured Cretaceous dinosaur.

A Model of the Late Cretaceous Dinosaur Saichania

Schleich Saichania Dinosaur Model (Schleich Saurus)

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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The animal certainly looks very fierce, it is hard to think of this dinosaur as “beautiful”.

One Response to “How did the Dinosaur Saichania get its Name?”

  1. Manuel Alejandro Gómez Ramos says:

    As mentioned, it owes its name to the paleontological as well preserved.
    In my humble opinion, though I will not pretend to make amends to paleontologists as to the scientific names of dinosaurs, I think that should give the names of the dinosaurs some more positive images of dinosaurs, such as Miragaia and no name which demonizes these exceptional individuals such as Diabloceratops.
    Although people will look disproportionate and even ugly, nature is never wrong and therefore animals that have lived at a certain time paleontological were made by mother nature in the most perfect.
    With respect to Saichania of Schleich represents an improvement over the previous toy as it will not be a perfect representation of the model that I have found in the book whose original transcript is as follows: Dinosaurs Editor project which among other data was Sarah Uttridge
    Assistant Editor: Kieron Connolly and Documentation in Pictures: Terry Forshaw. The image you refer to is a model of saichania found in the pages of the book 320 and 321. The resemblance is striking with the figure of the aforementioned Saichania of Schleich.

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