|Named By:||John Ostrom in 1970|
|Time Period:||Early Cretaceous, 115-108 Ma|
|Location:||Western North America|
|Size:||6.5 to 8 meters long|
|Fossil(s):||Many specimens of both species have been recovered, although T.tilletti is the more common|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Reptilia | Dinosauria | Ornithoschia | Cerapoda | Ornithopoda ||
Tenontosaurus ( ti-NON-toh-SOR-as; meaning "sinew lizard") is a genus of medium- to large-sized ornithopod dinosaur. The genus is known from the late Aptian to Albian ages of the middle Cretaceous period sediments of western North America, dating between 115 and 108 million years ago.
The genus contains two species, Tenontosaurus tilletti (described by John Ostrom in 1970) and Tenontosaurus dossi (described by Winkler, Murray, and Jacobs in 1997). Many specimens of T. tilletti have been collected from several geological formations throughout western North America. T. dossi is known from only a handful of specimens collected from the Twin Mountains Formation of Parker County, Texas.