Named By: Jonah N. Choiniere, James M. Clark, Catherine A. Forster & Xu Xing - 2010.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Theropoda, Coelurosauria.
Species: Z. salleei (type).
Size: 3.1 meters long.
Known locations: China, Xinjiang - Shishugou Formation.
Time period: Oxfordian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial skeleton.
was a relatively small Jurassic aged theropod that has been classed
within the Coelurosauria. Due to its small size it was probably a
predator of small vertebrates such as lizard, primitive mammals to
even smaller dinosaurs. Zuolong however may have
been potential prey
for even larger theropods that are also known from the Shishugou
Formation such as Monolophosaurus
The genus name is in honour of General Zuo Zongtang (also known as General Tso), who in the nineteenth century secured Xinjiang for China. The species name is in honour of Hilmar Sallee who bequeathed money for the expedition in their will.
- A basal coelurosaur (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Late Jurassic (Oxfordian) of the Shishugou Formation in Wucaiwan, People's Republic of China - ournal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30 (6): 1773–1796. - Jonah N. Choiniere, James M. Clark, Catherine A. Forster and Xing Xu - 2010.