|Named By:||P. M. Barrett, R. J. Butler, R. Mundil, T. M. Scheyer, R. B. Irmis & M. R. SanchezinVillagra in 2014|
|Time Period:||200.91 Ma Hettangian|
|Size:||Roughly estimated to be about 1 meter long|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Reptilia | Dinosauria | Ornithischia | Ornithopoda ||
Laquintasaura is a genus of Venezuelan dinosaur containing only the single species Laquintasaura venezuelae. The species is the first dinosaur to have been discovered in Venezuela. Found in the Lower Jurassic, Hettangian, La Quinta Formation from which it takes its name, the bipedal species was about a meter long and 25 centimeters high. L. venezuelae, which is believed to have lived in herds, was primarily herbivorous, although it may have also eaten large insects and other small animals.
A phylogenetic analysis by Baron et al. (2017) recovered Laquintasaura as the sister-taxon to Scutellosaurus, within the clade Thyreophora.