[D] Zizhongosaurus chuanchengensis [sG] [T]
Dong, Zhou & Zhang, 1983
Jurassic Early Toarcian
Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Sauropoda Vulcanodontidae
Da\\\'anzhai Formation, Luanshai, Sichuan, China
Genus - Typespecies
Zizhongosaurus chuanchengensis (Dong, Zhou & Zhang, 1983) > Zizhongosaurus huangshibanensis [Nomen Nudum] (Li vide Li, Zhang & Cai, 1999)
Known from a dorsal arch and a fragmentary pubis and humerus, is important because it documents a primitive sauropod in the Lower Jurassic of China, but it cannot be properly evaluated based on what is now known of it.
(\\\"Zizhong Lizard\\\") ) named for Zizhong County, Sichuan Province. A small primitive sauropod that possible resembled the Indian Barapasaurus, which lived in India during the same period. The find of Zizhongosaurus established the presence of sauropods in China during the Early Jurassic Period and it indicates that Chinese sauropods were indigenous to the area.