Named By: K. Li, C.-Y. Yang, J. Liu & Z.-X. Wang - 2010.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropoda, Mamenchisauridae.
Species: T. hei (type).
Size: Possibly up to 12 meters long.
Known locations: China, Sichuan - Yimen Formation.
Time period: Early Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial limbs and twenty vertebrae.
Tonganosaurus is a genus of sauropod dinosaur that lived in China during the early Jurassic. Tonganosaurus is seen as being similar to Omeisaurus, and both are classified as mamenchisaurid sauropod dinosaurs (similar to Mamenchisaurus).
- [A new sauropod from the Lower Jurassic of Huili, Sichuan, China]. -Vertebrata PalAsiatica 48(3):185-202 - K. Li, C.-Y. Yang, J. Liu & Z.-X. Wang - 2010.
- Systematic analysis method of Sauropod: a case study of 486 Tonganosaurus hei. - Acta Geologica Sinica, 87, 1826-1833. - C. Y. Yang - 2013.