[Thanks to Leo Sham for his amazingly fast and detailed work translating the paper for me. It and some further research- to be expanded upon in upcoming posts- shows some of what I wrote below was incorrect. Hopefully Wikipedia is quick to re-update *innocent whistling*]
|"Damalasaurus laticostalis" dorsal rib in field, magnified x1/13, so the area is about 135x117 cm. After Zhao (1985).|
|"Dachungosaurus yunnanensis" partial skeleton in field, magnified x1/25, so the area is 2.3x1.5 m. That would make the femur ~955 mm and each dorsal vertebra ~118 mm. After Zhao (1985).|
So, to shed some light on "Dachongosaurus", I've OCRd the sentences about it (via the tedious but generally functional COCR2 program) and found out it was discovered by He Zhou in the (Sinemurian, Early Jurassic) Dark Red Beds of the Lower Lufeng Series of Yunnan, and is said to be a primitive sauropod with some advanced features. Right there is more valid information on the taxon than has ever appeared in English before. :)
|Proximal caudal vertebrae, chevrons, ilium, pubis and hindlimb of "Kunmingosaurus utingensis" as mounted, magnified x1/11 so the femur is ~847 mm. After Zhao (1985).|
|Femur of Chinshakiangosaurus chunghoensis (IVPP V14474). Magnified x1/6, so it is ~1004 mm long. After Zhao, 1985.|
Also, I can use this time to clear up the situation of "Oshanosaurus youngi", which is usually said to either be a sauropod or ornithischian. Now I see this confusion arose because it is discussed in the same sentence as Dianchungosaurus "elegans" (note it is not the supposed heterodontosaurid D. lufengensis, the holotype of which turned out to be a mesoeucrocodylian).
References- Zhao, 1983. Phylogeny and evolutionary stages of Dinosauria. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. 28(1-2), 295-306.
Zhao (as Chao), 1985. The reptilian fauna of the Jurassic in China. In Wang, Cheng and Wang (eds.). The Jurassic System of China. Geological Publishing House, Beijing. pp 286-289, 347, plates 10 and 11.
Lambert, 1990. The Dinosaur Data Book. New York: Avon Books, 66. ISBN 0-380-75896-3.
Zhang and Li, 1997. Mesozoic Dinosaur Localities in China and Their Stratigraphy. In Wolberg, Sump and Rosenberg (eds.). Dinofest International, Proceedings of a Symposium sponsered by Arizona State University. A Publication of The Academy of Natural Sciences. 265-273.
Li, Zhang and Cai, 1998. The characteristics of the composition of the trace elements in Jurassic dinosaur bones and Red Beds in Sichuan Basin. Geological Publishing House, Beijing. 155 pp.
Weishampel, Barrett, Coria, Le Loeuff, Xu, Zhao, Sahni, Gomani and Noto, 2004. Dinosaur Distribution. in Weishampel, Dodson and Osmolska, 2004. The Dinosauria: Second Edition.
Fang, Zhang, Lu, Han, Zhao and Li, 2006. Collision between the Indian Plate and the paleo-Asian late and the appearance of Asian dinosaurs. Geological Bulletin of China. 25(7), 862-873.
Ford, online. http://www.paleofile.com/Demo/Mainpage/Taxalist/Dinosaurs/Sauropoda.htm