Name: Jintasaurus ‭(‬Jinta lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Jin-tah-sore-us.
Named By: H.-L.‭ ‬You‭ & ‬D.-Q.‭ ‬Li.‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Ornithopoda,‭ ‬Iguanodontidae.
Species: J.‭ ‬meniscus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unknown.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Gansu Province.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: ‭P‬artial skull and braincase.

       Jintasaurus is a genus of igaunodontid dinosaur that lived in China during the early Cretaceous.‭ ‬At the time of writing,‭ ‬Jintasaurus has only been described from partial skull fragments,‭ ‬though these seem to indicate that Jintasaurus was close to becoming a hadrosauroid,‭ ‬a member of the group of dinosaurs that would eventually give rise to‭ ‬the hadrosaurids,‭ ‬some of the most numerous plant eating dinosaurs towards the end of the cretaceous.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new basal hadrosauriform dinosaur‭ (‬Ornithischia:‭ ‬Iguanodontia‭) ‬from the Early Cretaceous of northwestern China.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences‭ ‬46:949-957.‭ ‬-‭ ‬H.-L.‭ ‬You‭ & ‬D.-Q.‭ ‬Li.‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.


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