Animal Species:Shunosaurus lii

Shunosaurus lii was a slow-moving herbivorous dinosaur which lived around 170 million years ago and probably had a lifespan of over 120 years.


Creator: James Reece © Australian Museum


Shunosaurus lii had:

  • ladle-shaped teeth that helped it to crop the leaves of low-growing plants;
  • a bony, clubbed tail which it used for defence;
  • gastroliths (small stones which the dinosaur swallowed) in its stomach to help break up plant tissues.

Feeding Habit


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Shunosaurus lii was discovered in Sichuan, which was known as Shu in ancient times. The species name lii was named after Li Bing, who constructed the Dujiangyan Irrigation System in Sichuan.

Evolutionary Relationships

Shunosaurus lii was a sauropod belonging to the family Cetiosauridae. This large family occurred worldwide from the Early Jurassic to Late Cretaceous.



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Tags chinese dinosaurs, Jurassic, Cretaceous, herbivore, herbivorous, plant-eating, plant eater,