Named By: Li Xu, Lu Junchang, Zhang Xingliao, Jia Songhai, Hu Weiyong, Zhang Jiming, Wu Yanhua & Ji Qiang - 2007.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Onithischia, Thyreophora, Ankylosauria, Ankylosauridae, Ankylosaurinae.
Species: Z. luoyangensis (type).
Known locations: China, Henan Province - Mangchuan Formation.
Time period: Cenomanian to Turonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and post cranial remains.
Like with Liaoningosaurus, Zhongyuansaurus was first described as a nodosaurid, but later identified as an ankylosaurid. Further study has identified Zhongyuansaurus as the most basal (primitive) ankylosaurine, the group of ankylosaurs that contains the more advance forms that began to appear as the Cretaceous progressed. So basal in fact was Zhongyuansaurus, that it didn’t even have the club on the end of its tail that is such a familiar feature for most other ankylosaurine genera.
- New nodosaurid ankylosaur from the Cretaceous of Ruyang, Henan Province, Li Xu, Lu Junchang, Zhang Xingliao, Jia Songhai, Hu Weiyong, Zhang Jiming, Wu Yanhua & Ji Qiang - 2007.
- Phylogeny of the ankylosaurian dinosaurs (Ornithischia: Thyreophora), Richard S. Thompson, Jolyon C. Parish, Susannah C. R. Maidment and Paul M. Barrett - 2011.
- Ankylosaurs from the Price River Quarries, Cedar Mountain Formation (Lower Cretaceous), east-central Utah, Kenneth Carpenter, Jeff Bartlett, John Bird & Reese Barrick - 2008.