genus of reptiles (fossil)

Lufengosaurus is a genus of early sauropod dinosaur from the Lower Jurassic of China.[1] It lived in the earliest Lower Jurassic in what is now southwestern China.

Temporal range: Early Jurassic 190 Ma
Holotype of L. huenei on display at the Paleozoological Museum of China.
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Clade: Saurischia
Clade: Sauropodomorpha
Family: Massospondylidae
Genus: Lufengosaurus
Young, 1941
  • L. huenei Young, 1941(type)
  • L. magnus Young, 1947
Lufengosaurus magnus

Lufengosaurus was an omnivore.[1] The largest Lufengosaurus skeleton is 6 metres (20 ft) long, 4 metres (13 ft) high and 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) wide.[2][3] It weighted about 200 kilograms (440 lb).[3] It could probably walk upright based on its powerful rear legs.[3]

It was the first complete dinosaur skeleton mounted in China, and first time a dinosaur was depicted on a stamp.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lufengosaurus". Find The Data. Graphiq Inc. Retrieved February 3, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  2. 2.0 2.1 Paul G.S. 2010. The Princeton field guide to dinosaurs. Princeton University Press, p. 135.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Lufengosaurus magnus". Retrieved February 3, 2017.[permanent dead link]

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