Bactrosaurus (/ˌbæktroʊˈsɔːrəs/; meaning "Club lizard," "baktron" = club + sauros = lizard) is a genus of herbivorous dinosaur that lived in east China during the late Cretaceous, about 70 mya, though some Bactrosaurus fossils have been dated back to 90 mya. The position Bactrosaurus occupies in the Cretaceous makes it one of the earliest known hadrosauroids, and although it is not known from a full skeleton, Bactrosaurus is one of the best known of these forms of hadrosaurs predecessors.[1]

Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 90–70 Ma
Bactrosaurus johnsoni 1
Partial B. johnsoni skeleton
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Ornithischia
Suborder: Ornithopoda
Clade: Hadrosauromorpha
Genus: Bactrosaurus
Gilmore, 1933
Type species
Bactrosaurus johnsoni
Gilmore, 1933
  • B. kysylkumensis? (Riabinin, 1931 [originally Cionodon])
  • B. johnsoni Gilmore, 1933


Bactrosaurus skull
Partial B. johnsoni skull in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

A typical Bactrosaurus would have been 6 metres (20 ft) long[1] and 2 metres (6.6 ft) high when standing on all fours, and weighed 1.1 to 1.5 tonnes (2,400 to 3,300 lb), with an 80 centimetres (2.6 ft) femur.

It was an early relative of Lambeosaurus,[1] perhaps a predecessor, as it shows a number of iguanodont-like features, including three stacked teeth for each visible tooth, small maxillary teeth, and an unusually powerful build for a hadrosaur. It shows features intermediate between those of the two main hadrosaurid groups, and may represent an ancestral form that evolved from an earlier iguanodontid dinosaur.[2]

Bactrosaurus was originally described as lacking a crest, which would be typical for an iguanodont, but anomalously primitive for a lambeosaurine like itself.[1] However subsequent study of Bactrosaurus remains uncovered pieces of what appear to be the base of an incompletely preserved crest.[1]

In 2003, evidence of tumors, including hemangiomas, desmoplastic fibroma, metastatic cancer, and osteoblastoma was discovered in fossilized Bactrosaurus skeletons. Rothschild et al. tested dinosaur vertebrae for tumors using computerized tomography and fluoroscope screening. Several other hadrosaurids, including Brachylophosaurus, Gilmoreosaurus, and Edmontosaurus, also tested positive. Although more than 10,000 fossils were examined in this manner, the tumors were limited to Bactrosaurus and closely related genera. The tumors may have been caused by environmental factors or genetic propensity.[3]


Restored skeleton.

The first Bactrosaurus remains recovered from the Iren Dabasu Formation in the Gobi Desert of China[1] were composed of partial skeletons of six individual B. johnsoni. The specimens collected appear to come from a variety of age groups, from individuals that may be hatchlings to full-sized adults.[1] The fossils were described in 1933 by Charles W. Gilmore, who named the new animal Bactrosaurus, or "club lizard", in reference to the large club-shaped neural spines projecting from some of the vertebrae.[4]

No complete remains have yet to be uncovered, but Bactrosaurus is still better known than most of the early hadrosaurs.[1] Known parts of the anatomy of Bactrosaurus include the limbs, pelvis, and most of the skull (although the crest is notably absent).[1]

See also

Related animals



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Bactrosaurus." In: Dodson, Peter & Britt, Brooks & Carpenter, Kenneth & Forster, Catherine A. & Gillette, David D. & Norell, Mark A. & Olshevsky, George & Parrish, J. Michael & Weishampel, David B. The Age of Dinosaurs. Publications International, LTD. p. 131. ISBN 0-7853-0443-6.
  2. ^ Palmer, D., ed. (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. p. 146. ISBN 1-84028-152-9.
  3. ^ Rothschild, B.M.; Tanke, D.H.; Helbling II, M.; Martin, L.D. (2003). "Epidemiologic study of tumors in dinosaurs". Naturwissenschaften. 90 (11): 495–500. doi:10.1007/s00114-003-0473-9. PMID 14610645. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  4. ^ Gilmore, C.W. (1933). "On the dinosaurian fauna of the Iren Dabasu Formation". American Museum of Natural History, Bulletin. 67: 23–78.

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