Jingshanosaurus

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Jingshanosaurus
Temporal range: Early Jurassic
Jingshanosaurus xinwaensis.jpg
Skeleton of Jingshanosaurus sinwaensis at the Beijing Museum of Natural History.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Genus: Jingshanosaurus
Zhang and Yang, 1995
Species: J. xinwaensis
Binomial name
Jingshanosaurus xinwaensis
Zhang and Yang, 1995

Jingshanosaurus (meaning "Jingshan lizard") is a genus of sauropodomorph dinosaurs from the early Jurassic period.

History of discovery[edit]

Restoration

Its fossils, a nearly complete skeleton including the skull, were found near the town of Jingshan ("Golden Hill"), Lufeng County, Yunnan Province, China, from which the name derives.[1] First described in 1995, the type species is J. xinwaensis, formalized by Zhang and Yang.[2] Fossil remains of Jingshanosaurus had been exhibited in museums several years prior to the formal naming.

Classification[edit]

Jingshanosaurus may have been most closely related to Yunnanosaurus, and has, at times, been included in the Yunnanosauridae. In fact, Dong Zhiming considered Jingshanosaurus possibly a large specimen of Yunnanosaurus. If true, this would make Jingshanosaurus a junior synonym of Yunnanosaurus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ben Creisler, Dinosauria Translation and Pronunciation Guide.
  2. ^ Y. Zhang, and Z. Yang. (1995). A new complete osteology of Prosauropoda in Lufeng Basin, Yunnan, China. Yunnan Publishing House of Science and Technology, Kunming, China 1-100. [Chinese]