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Temporal range: Early Jurassic 196.5 - 189.5 Ma
Lukousaurus yini.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Infraclass: Archosauromorpha
Superorder: ?Dinosauria
Order: ?Saurischia
Suborder: ?Theropoda
Infraorder: ?Ceratosauria
Genus: Lukousaurus
Young, 1940
Binomial name
Lukousaurus yini
Young, 1940

Lukousaurus is a taxon based on most of a small skull’s snout, displaying distinctive lachrymal horns, found in the Early Jurassic-age Lower Lufeng Formation, Yunnan, China and was described by Chung Chien Young in 1940. The generic name refers to the Lugou Bridge, lit. “crossroads”, near Beijing, where the Sino-Japanese War started. L. yini is tentatively classified as a theropod dinosaur by some allied to ceratosaurs, by others a coelurosaur. Its skull is rather robust for its size though the teeth were described by the author as typically theropodan. It may, however, be a crurotarsan or a primitive crocodilian.

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  • C.-C. Young. 1940. Preliminary notes on the Lufeng vertebrate fossils. Bulletin of the Geological Society of China 20(3-4):235-239