Named By: H.-L. You & D.-Q. Li. - 2009.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Ornithopoda, Iguanodontidae.
Species: J. meniscus (type).
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.
- 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.