Unbelievable Facts About Lingwulong You Should Know Right Now


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The Lingwulong dinosaur was an early sauropod but they were a type of advanced sauropods that supposedly did not originate in the region for 15 million years after they came into existence. The anatomy of fossil material discovered from China indicates that Lingwulong was an advanced sauropod. Previously, it was thought that this type of sauropods originated 160 million years ago and spread to the rest of the planet rapidly within five million years. However, the discovery of this new dinosaur pushes back the evolution of neosauropods by 15 million years.

The Lingwulong was a sauropod that was believed to be absent from east Asia since there is a theory that states this part of Asia was cut off from the rest of Pangea in the Jurassic age. The presence of the new species implies that the separation of Asia was rather only a hypothesis and neosauropods got access to the site much before Europe. This surprise reveal of the early neosauropods shocked paleontologists and suggested that advanced sauropods dispersed in east Asia much before it was anticipated. To know more facts about the dinosaur, keep on reading.

Lingwulong Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Lingwulong'?

The name Lingwulong is pronounced as 'Ling-woo-long'. The name translates to the amazing dragon of Lingwu.

What type of dinosaur was a Lingwulong?

The classification of Lingwulong has put the theories of the researchers in an uncertain situation and it shines a light on the diversification of sauropods. The Lingwulong is the oldest dicraeosaurid from Asia as well as the world. Diplodocids were advanced sauropods called neosauropods and they were believed to be absent from East Asia for millions of years due to the detachment of East Asia from the main landmass Pangea. However, the discovery of Lingwulong casts a doubt on this theory showing that diplodocids were present much before the Jurassic age. It is not known if they were rare.

In which geological period did the Lingwulong roam the Earth?

The evolution of the Lingwulong genus dates back to the time when the Early and Middle Jurassic was still persistent. They came into existence around 175 million years ago in China and they were considered to be the earliest dicraeosaurid in the world. They existed around the late Toarcian to Bajocian faunal stages of the middle Jurassic.

When did the Lingwulong become extinct?

The fossils of the Lingwulong were excavated from the strata that are estimated to be around 175-168 million years old. These fossils suggest that the dinosaurs went extinct around 168 million years ago, eight million years before advanced sauropods supposedly came into existence and spread rapidly to the rest of the world.

Where did Lingwulong live?

The fossils of Lingwulong were surprisingly discovered from northern China. In 2004, a sheepherder of  Ciyaopu near Lingwu discovered the bones of Lingwulong, After this incident, a team was sent to the Ningxia region in China to carry on the excavation work and seven to ten skeletons of the species were discovered from the site.

What was the Lingwulong's habitat?

The Lingwulong were terrestrial animals, they lived in the lush vegetation of the Jurassic period. The dinosaur preferred warm and wet habitats, the shorter neck implied that these dinosaurs lived among plants like ferns and conifers and grazed on soft and low plants with their strong teeth.

Who did the Lingwulong live with?

Around seven to ten skeletons of Lingwulong were found together from the early to middle Jurassic strata in China. This new dinosaur fossil was known from multiple fossils presenting strong evidence that these dinosaurs lived in herds.

How long did a Lingwulong live?

The Lingwulong were the neosauropods of the Jurassic period that lived up from 174 - 168 million years ago. These earliest neosauropods lived on the land for around six million years.

How did they reproduce?

The Lingwulong reproduced by laying eggs like all dinosaurs. There is no additional information regarding the reproduction of Lingwulong since it is not possible to conclude the reproductive characteristics of an animal from partial skeleton remains in science.

Lingwulong Fun Facts

What did the Lingwulong look like?

The Lingwulong was a big sauropod. Unlike other diplodocids that had square-shaped snouts, these dinosaurs had a more U-shaped snout. They were long-necked and whip-tailed animals. The head was smaller in size in comparison to the neck.

The Lingwulong were the earliest advanced sauropod dinosaurs of Asia.


How many bones did a Lingwulong have?

There is no information regarding the total number of bones present in the body of a Lingwulong. The dinosaur is known from the partial skeleton of seven to ten specimens that were discovered from China. The fossilized remains of Lingwulong include fragments of skull, a series of the tail vertebra, back vertebra, fragments of the pelvis and forelimbs, front of the neck vertebra, right shinbone, and fragmentary dental formation.

How did they communicate?

Similar to all other dinosaurs, Lingwulong probably communicated with vocalizations too.

How big was the Lingwulong?

The length of Lingwulong ranges between 39.3-46 ft (12-14 m). It was much longer than a Notatesseraeraptor.

How fast could a Lingwulong move?

Lingwulong were large diplodocids, this made them a slow-moving land animal. Unfortunately, their speed has not been determined.

How much did a Lingwulong weigh?

The weight of a Lingwulong is not known but two of its closest relatives of roughly the same size weighed 22046.2-24250.8 lb (10,000-11,000 kg.)

What were the male and female names of the species?

The male and the female Lingwulong do not have any particular names, both were known as Lingwulong.

What would you call a baby Lingwulong?

A baby Lingwulong is known as a hatchling or a nestling.

How aggressive were they?

Even though Lingwulong shenqi is called the amazing dragon, they are not that aggressive since they are herbivorous in nature.

Did You Know…

The name Lingwulong is of Mandarin origin and in reference to the place in which the fossils were discovered. The term lingwu refers to the area of discovery and long is Mandarin for a dragon. The specific name of Lingwulong, Lingwulong shenqi originates from the Mandarin word shenqi meaning amazing. This name is related to the feeling of researchers who were startled to discover the remains of these animals in east Asia.

*We've been unable to source an image of Lingwulong and have used an image of Deinonychus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Lingwulong, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected]

*We've been unable to source an image of Lingwulong and have used an image of Titanoceratops instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Lingwulong, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected]

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