Shunosaurus, meaning “Shu Lizard”, is a genus of sauropod dinosaur from Middle Jurassic (Bathonian–Callovian) beds in Sichuan Province in China, 170 million years ago. The name derives from “Shu”, an ancient name for the Sichuan province.

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  • Pronounced: SHOON-oh-SORE-us
  • Meaning of name: Shuno lizard
  • Length: 10m
  • Diet: herbivorous
  • When it lived: Mid Jurassic (170 – 160 million years ago)
  • Found in: Peoples Republic of China

Taxonomic details

  • Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha, Sauropoda, Eusauropoda, Shunosaurus
  • Named by: Dong, Zhou and Zhang (1983)