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Hexinlusaurus multidens

Known from an almost complete skeleton, this is one of the small basal ornithischians which systematic problems, having been classified as an hypsilophodont or a fabrosaur. They were apparently about 10 specimens known but the whereabouts of most of them are unknown.


Hexinlusaurus multidens


(He & Cai, 1983)

Meaning of the generic name

In honor of Prof. He Xin-Lu.

 Meaning of the specific name



Body length: 1.2 m, Skull length: ?


Holotype (ZDM T6001): nearly complete articulated skeleton with skull.
Referred specimen: ZDM T6002 (partial skull and partial postcranium)

Age and Distribution

Horizon: Xiashaximiao (=Lower Shaximiao) Formation. Middle Jurassic (Bajocian)
Locality: Dashanpu Dinosaur Quarry, Xiashaximiao, Zigong, Sichuan Province, China.


Dinosauria Ornithischia 

  Further Reading

  X. He and K. Cai. 1983. A new species of Yandusaurus (hypsilophodont dinosaur) from the Middle Jurassic of Dashanpu, Zigong, Sichuan. Journal of the Chengdu College of Geology 1:1-1.

P. M. Barrett, R. J. Butler, and F. Knoll. 2005. Small-bodied ornithischian dinosaurs from the Middle Jurassic of Sichuan, China. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25(4):823-834

  Synonyms   Yandusaurus multidens He & Cai, 1983; Xiaosaurus multidens Peng, 1992 (sic); Agilisaurus (He & Cai, 1983) Peng, 1990; Poyandusaurus multidens (He & Cai, 1983) Knoll, 1999

Holotype skull (ZDM T6001) of Hexinlusaurus multidens. From Barrett et al., 2005. Scale bar is 2 cm.