Fun Zuolong Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Mar 22, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Pradhanya Rao
Zuolong facts are great for kids.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 1.9 Min

Zuolong is a basal coelurosaur dinosaur that was discovered from the Shishugou Formation present in what is now the People's Republic of China. It's assumed that partial bones and skull fragments of a juvenile animal were found in 2001.

The generic name or genus was defined in 2010 in honor of General Zuo Zongtang, while the species name paid homage to Hilmar Sallee who helped to finance the research. Further research on the skull and bones suggest it lived around 161.2 to 155.2 million years ago.

Zuolong Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Zuolong'?

It's pronounced as 'Zoo-o-long'.

What type of dinosaur was a Zuolong?

Zoulong belongs to the group of basal coelurosaur dinosaurs that contains theropod dinosaurs.

In which geological period did the Zuolong roam the Earth?

Zuolong is said to have existed in the Late Jurassic Period. It is not known if they were rare.

When did Zuolong become Extinct?

The species is said to have gone Extinct by the end of the lower Oxfordian age during the Late Jurassic Period.

Where did a Zuolong live?

The dinosaur used to live in the area that is now, Shishugou Formation of Wucaiwan, present in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of People's Republic of China.

What was Zuolong's habitat?

It belonged to a terrestrial habitat.

Who did Zuolong live with?

The dinosaur would have shared its territory with other similar basal coelurosaur dinosaur species.

How long did a Zuolong live?

We have no information about its lifespan.

How did they reproduce?

It possibly reproduced by laying eggs.

Zuolong Fun Facts

What did a Zuolong look like?

Not much is known about the appearance, but it's thought to be a small species. It is not known if they had strong teeth or if they were slimy.

Very little information is available about Zuolong.


How many bones did a Zuolong have?

Only a partial skeleton with a skull has been discovered.

How did they communicate?

It would have communicated by making noises.

How big was a Zuolong?

It's thought to have measured 9.8 ft (3 m). In comparison, the Tyrannosaurus rex is said to have had a length of 40 ft (12 m).

How fast could a Zuolong move?

No information is available regarding its speed.

How much did a Zuolong weigh?

Gregory S. Paul estimated it to have weighed around 132 lb (60 kg).

What were the male and female names of the species?

There are no separate names.

What would you call a baby Zuolong?

A baby Zuolong would be called a hatchling or juvenile.

What did they eat?

These were carnivorous dinosaurs that fed on lizards and small mammals.

How aggressive were they?

It is unknown if it was aggressive.

Did You Know...

Zuolong means 'Zuo's dragon'.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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