Kazaklambia convincens is the sole species in its genus. To date, it is the only dinosaur named in honour of Kazakhstan, which non-coincidentally happens to be where a fossil juvenile specimen was discovered in 1961, lying idle in the Shakh-Shakh deposit. As you do.
Initially described in 1968 under the name Procheneosaurus convincens, Kazaklambia was at various times considered to be a member of the genus Corythosaurus, or a synonym of Jaxartasaurus. Things took a dramatic turn in 2013, when researchers decided it belonged in its own genus, based upon morphometric comparisons with similarly-juvenile specimens of related hadrosaurs.
Kazaklambia’s relatively basal (‘less-evolved’) state suggests that the Lambeosaurinae subfamily probably originated in central Asia.
INCREDIBLE FACT: Kazaklambia was the most complete dinosaur fossil ever discovered on Soviet territory. Not bad, considering the vast size of the former Soviet Union.
- If you’re in need of some light reading, all fifty-six pages of A. K. Rozhdestvensky’s 1968 epic ‘Hadrosaurs of Kazakhstan’ are available online.