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JIANGJUNOSAURUS

a plant-eating stegosaurid thyreophoran dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of China.
Pronunciation: jee-AHNG-joo-no-SOR-us
Meaning: General lizard
Author/s: Jia Chengkai et al. (2007)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Xinjiang, China
Chart Position: 513

Jiangjunosaurus junggarensis

(General lizard from Junggar)Etymology
Jiangjunosaurus is derived from "Jiangjun" (General) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard), in reference to Jiangjunmiao ("The General's Temple") where it was found. The area takes its name from the local Inn — sacked some decades ago by disgruntled Kazakhs on their way out of China and now just rubble — that was itself named for a mysterious general (perhaps a regular visitor to the altar of the alcohol!) that died nearby. The species epithet, junggarensis means "from Junggar" in Latin.
Discovery
The remains of Jiangjunosaurus were discovered in the Shishugou Formation (Qigu Group), Jiangjunmiao, Junggar Basin, Xinjiang, China, in 2002.
The holotype (IVPP V 14724) is a partial skull and cervical (neck) vertebrae with dermal armour.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Jurassic
Stage: Oxfordian
Age range: 161-156 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 7 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 2 tons
Diet: Herbivore
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Ornithischia
Thyreophora
Stegosauria
Stegosauridae
Jiangjunosaurus
junggarensis
References
• Jia C, Forster CA, Xu X and Clark JM (2007) "The first stegosaur (Dinosauria, Ornithischia) from the Upper Jurassic Shishugou Formation of Xinjiang, China". Acta Geologica Sinica 81(3):351-356
• Paul GS (2010) "The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs".
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Atkinson, L. "JIANGJUNOSAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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