Pronunciation: jee-AHNG-joo-no-SOR-us Meaning: General lizard Author/s: Jia Chengkai et al. (2007) Synonyms: None known First Discovery: Xinjiang, China Chart Position: 511
(General lizard from Junggar)EtymologyJiangjunosaurus is derived from "Jiangjun" (General) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard), in reference to Jiangjunmiao ("The General's Temple") where it was found. The area takes its name from the local Inn — sacked some decades ago by disgruntled Kazakhs on their way out of China and now just rubble — that was itself named for a mysterious general (perhaps a regular visitor to the altar of the alcohol!) that died nearby. The species epithet, junggarensis means "from Junggar" in Latin.
DiscoveryThe remains of Jiangjunosaurus were discovered in the Shishugou Formation (Qigu Group), Jiangjunmiao, Junggar Basin, Xinjiang, China, in 2002.
The holotype (IVPP V 14724) is a partial skull and cervical (neck) vertebrae with dermal armour.