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For the theropod, see Koreanosaurus (theropod).
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, Santonian–Campanian
Koreanosaurus NT.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Ornithischia
Family: Thescelosauridae
Genus: Koreanosaurus
Huh et al., 2011
Species: K. boseongensis
Binomial name
Koreanosaurus boseongensis
Huh et al., 2011

Koreanosaurus (meaning "Korean lizard") is a genus of ornithopod dinosaur. In May 2003 three fossils of Koreanosaurus were found in the Late Cretaceous-age Seonso Conglomerate from the southern coast of the Bi-bong Dinosaur Fossil Findspot, Boseong, Korean Peninsula:[1] the holotype KDRC-BB2, a partial skeleton lacking the skull, and the paratypes KDRC-BB1 and KDRC-BB3.[2] The type species is Koreanosaurus boseongensis, after its discovery locality (Boseong site 5). The type species was initially named and described in a master's thesis by Lee Dae-Gil in 2008,[3] and was officially published by Min Huh, Dae-Gil Lee, Jung-Kyun Kim, Jong-Deock Lim and Pascal Godefroit in 2011.[2]

Koreanosaurus was considered to be a basal member of the Ornithopoda by the authors, forming a clade with Zephyrosaurus schaffi, Orodromeus makelai and Oryctodromeus cubicularis from which they deduced a burrowing lifestyle.[2] Han et al. found it plausible that Koreanosaurus might be a member of Jeholosauridae or closely related to it.[4]


  1. ^ 전남대 허민 교수팀, 한국 이름명 공룡 복원. Yonhap (in Korean). 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Min Huh; Dae-Gil Lee; Jung-Kyun Kim; Jong-Deock Lim; Pascal Godefroit (2011). "A new basal ornithopod dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of South Korea". Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Palaeontologie, Abhandlungen. 259 (1): 1–24. doi:10.1127/0077-7749/2010/0102. 
  3. ^ Lee G., 2008, The ornithopod dinosaur (Ornithopoda: Hypsilophodontidae) from the Late Cretaceous Seonso Conglomerate of Boseong County, Korea, master's thesis Chonnam National University
  4. ^ Han, Feng-Lu; Paul M. Barrett; Richard J. Butler; Xing Xu (2012). "Postcranial anatomy of Jeholosaurus shangyuanensis (Dinosauria, Ornithischia) from the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation of China.". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 32 (6): 1370–1395. doi:10.1080/02724634.2012.694385.