Lufengosaurus huenei was a plant-eating dinosaur that lived about 195-190 million years ago. It was probably able to stand and walk on its hind legs as well as on all fours. It was a prosauropod, an early relative of the more massive sauropods. It belonged to the family Plateosauridae.
Lufengosaurus huenei had:
- small flat teeth with serrated edges which enabled it to shred plants;
- strong hind legs which enabled it to stand and reach leaves high up in trees;
- short front legs that were strong enough for it to walk on all fours;
- five digits on each limb with a large thumb claw that it may have used for defence;
- a big tail that helped to counter-balance its body.
Lufengosaurus huenei occurred in the Early Jurassic of southwestern China near Lufeng in Yunnan province from the Lower Lufeng.
Feeding and diet
Lufengosaurus huenei was a plant-eating dinosaur.
This dinosaur was discovered by Dr C C Young, a Chinese dinosaur expert. He named it Lufengosaurus because it was found at Lufeng, and huenei after his teacher, F F von Huene.