Named By: Victoria M. Arbour & Philip J. Currie - 2014.
Synonyms: Crichtonsaurus benxiensis.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Ankylosauridae, Ankylosaurinae.
Species: C. benxiensis (type).
Known locations: China - Sunjiawan Formation.
Time period: Albian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skulls and probable post cranial remains.
Crichtonpelta was originally named as a second species of the ankylosaur Crichtonsaurus, however in 2014 the holotype skull of this species was re-described as distinct genus, making the species become a genus. Both Crichtonpelta and Crichtonsaurus were named in memory of Michael Crichton, the world famous novelist who in palaeontoligcal circles is best remembered for writing the original Jurassic Park novel which was then made into a major blockbuster movie in 1993, which in turn spawned a series of sequels.
- A New Species of the Ankylosaurid Dinosaur Crichtonsaurus (Ankylosauridae: Ankylosauria) from the Cretaceous of Liaoning Province, China. - Acta Geologica Sinica - English Edition 81 (6): 883–897. - Lü Junchang, Ji Qiang, Gao Yubo & Li Zhixin - 2011.
- Systematics, phylogeny and palaeobiogeography of the ankylosaurid dinosaurs. - Journal of Systematic Palaeontology: 1. - Victoria M. Arbour & Philip J. Currie - 2014.
- A New Specimen of Crichtonpelta benxiensis (Dinosauria: Ankylosaurinae) from the Mid-Cretaceous of Liaoning Province, China. - Acta Geologica Sinica 91(3): 781-790. - Jingtao Yang, Hailu You, Li Xie & Hongrui Zhou - 2017.