Pronunciation: CHWAHN-jyeh-SOR-us Meaning: Chuanjie lizard Author/s: Fang et al. (2000) Synonyms: None known First Discovery: Yunnan, China Chart Position: 381
EtymologyChuanjiesaurus is derived from "Chuanjie" (the township in which it was discovered), and the Greek "sauros" (lizard). The species epithet, anaensis, means "from Ana (village)" in Latin.
DiscoveryThe first remains of Chuanjiesaurus were discovered in the "Red Beds" of the Chuanjie Formation at Ana Village, Chuanjie Township, Lufeng County, Yunnan Province, China, by Mr. Tao Wang of the Lufeng Dinosaur Museum in 1995. Bucking the trend of excavating fossils and transporting them to a museum for preparation and study, they were left in the ground under a locals-built house for protection until 2008, then the "World Dinosaur Valley" was built on top of them. The holotype (Lfch 1001) is a partial skeleton, lacking a skull. An almost complete, skull-less skeleton (LCD9701-I) is preserved beside the holotype at the same site.