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meaning: "Yangchuan lizard"
Named By: Dong et al in 1978
Time Period: Middle Jurassic, 168.3-163.5 Ma
Location: China - Shaximiao Formation
Size: Largest individuals estimated up to 10.8 meters long
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Two partial skeletons
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Dinosauria | Saurischia | Theropoda | Allosauroidea | Sinraptoridae |

Yangchuanosaurus is an extinct genus of metriacanthosaurid theropod dinosaur that lived in China during the Bathonian and Callovian stages of the Middle Jurassic, and was similar in size and appearance to its North American relative, Allosaurus. It hails from the Upper Shaximiao Formation and was the largest predator in a landscape which included the sauropods Mamenchisaurus and Omeisaurus as well as the Stegosaurs Chialingosaurus, Tuojiangosaurus and Chungkingosaurus. It got its name after its discovery site in Yongchuan, in China.

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