a carnivorous coelurosaurian theropod dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of China.
Ao Run (the Dragon King)
Choiniere et al
(Zhou's Dragon King of the West)Etymology
is derived from the Mandarin Chinese "Ao Run" (The Dragon King of the West in the epic Journey to the West).
The species epithet
, honors Professor Zhao Xi-jin,
who led several important vertebrate palaeontological expeditions to the Junggar Basin and introduced three of the paper's authors to the field area.
The remains of Aorun
were discovered at Wucaiwan in the Shishugou Formation, Xinjiang, People’s Republic of China, by the VPP-GWU Field Expedition in 2006.
(IVPP V15709) is a skull and partially articulated skeleton consisting of cervical (neck), dorsal (back) and caudal (tail) vertebrae, left lower arm bone and hand, a hip bone and some foot bones.
: Middle Jurassic
: 164-161 mya
Est. max. length
: 1 meters
Est. max. hip height
Est. max. weight
: 2 Kg
• Jonah N. Choiniere, James M. Clark, Catherine A. Forster, Mark A. Norell, David A. Eberth, Gregory
M. Erickson, Hongjun Chu & Xing Xu (2013) "A juvenile specimen of a new coelurosaur (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the
Middle–Late Jurassic Shishugou Formation of Xinjiang, People's Republic of China".
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