Hexinlusaurus was a small, agile herbivorous ornithopod first described by He and Cai in 1983 as Yandusaurus multidens. The discovery includes an almost complete cranium and several cervical vertebrae.
While detailing a freshly discovered cranium and skeleton components of much superior quality in 2005, palaeontologists Paul M. Barrett, Richard J. Butler, and Fabien Knoll determined that it was a new genus based on the holotype ZDM T6001 acts and named it Hexinlusaurus.
Learn more fun facts about Hexinlusaurus.
1: Hexinlusaurus quick facts:
Name: Hexinlusaurus (Greek for “He Xin-Lu’s Lizard”); pronounced Hey-zin-loo-sore-us
When it lived: Middle Jurassic, 170-163 million years ago
Type of dinosaur: Ornithopods
Length/Weight: 1.8-2 meter/9kg
Distinguishing Characteristics: Small arms and fleet-footed.
Named by: Barrett et al. (2005)
2: How do you pronounce ‘Hexinlusaurus’?
The name Hexinlusaurus should be pronounced ” Hey-zin-loo-sore-us.”
3: What does the name Hexinlusaurus mean?
The origins of the genus name Hexinlusaurus is a tribute to Professor He Xin-Lu of the Chengdu University of Technology, who originally referred to the specimen as Y. multidens. The second element of the Greek word sauros translates to “lizard.”
4: What Did Hexinlusaurus Look Like?
Hexinlusaurus was a hypsilophodont dinosaur, meaning it had two forearms and two hind legs adapted for standing and running quickly. Hexinlusaurus was a small herbivore with swift feet.