Pronunciation: tong-tee-yen-long Meaning: Tongtian dragon Author/s: Lü, Chen, Brusatte, et al. (2016) Synonyms: None known First Discovery: Jiangxi Province, China Chart Position: 756
(Muddy Tongtian dragon)EtymologyTongtianlong is derived from the Chinese Pinyin "Tongtian" (referring to Tongtianyan of Ganzhou; the first grotto south of the Yangtze River) and "long" (dragon). Tongtian also means "the road to heaven", which is a fitting epitaph for a deceased dinosaur preserved with outstretched arms. The species epithet, limosus, means "muddy" in Latin, and refers to the discovery of the holotype in a mudstone.
DiscoveryThe remains of Tongtianlong were discovered at the Nanxiong Formation at the building site of the No. 3 high school of Ganxian, near Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, southern China, by a local farmer. The holotype (DYM-2013-8) is a nearly complete, three-dimensionally preserved skeleton with skull and lower jaws.