Lü Junchang ( Chinese: 吕君昌; 1965 – 9 October 2018) was a Chinese palaeontologist and professor at the Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences. An expert on Mesozoic reptiles, he described and named many dinosaur and pterosaur taxa including , Tongtianlong , Qianzhousaurus , Heyuannia , Gannansaurus , and Yunnanosaurus youngi
Lü was born in 1965. He graduated from
Lanzhou University in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in geology. He studied at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1997 to 2000 and earned his master's degree. He subsequently went to the United States to study at the Department of Earth Sciences at the Southern Methodist University, earning his Ph.D. in 2004.
Lü began working for the
Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences in July 2004, initially as a postdoctoral researcher, then as associate professor and eventually as professor and doctoral advisor.
An expert on
Mesozoic reptiles such as dinosaurs and pterosaurs, Lü conducted field research and excavation in more than ten Chinese provinces including Liaoning, Henan, and Xinjiang, as well as foreign countries such as Canada, the United States, Britain, Mongolia, South Korea, and Japan. He participated in many international cooperation projects including the Sino-Canadian Dinosaur Project of 1999, Sino-Japanese Silk Road Dinosaur Survey in 1992–1993, the Sino-Japanese-Mongolian Gobi Desert Dinosaur Survey (1995–1998), and the South Korea–Mongolia Plateau Dinosaur Survey (2006, 2008, and 2010). 
Partly because of years of overwork, Lü suffered from
diabetes. On 9 October 2018, he died suddenly in Beijing, at the age of 53. 
 Major discoveries
In 2002, Lü Junchang identified and named a
genus of oviraptorid dinosaur, . Heyuannia  For his contributions to dinosaur research in  Heyuan, Guangdong, he was named the honorary director of Heyuan Museum and an honorary citizen of Heyuan.
In 2007, he described a second species of
, and named it Yunnanosaurus Yunnanosaurus youngi, after Yang Zhongjian (C. C. Young), the discoverer of the genus.
In 2009, Lü, and his colleagues first described the new pterosaur genus
, and identified a nearly complete fossil of a pregnant Darwinopterus Darwinopterus with an egg, which they named "Mrs. T".
In 2014, Lü Junchang,
Stephen L. Brusatte et al. discovered , a new genus of Qianzhousaurus tyrannosaur with long snouts, which they nicknamed "Pinocchio rex".
In 2016, Lü and his team described and named the new dinosaur genus
in Tongtianlong Ganzhou, Jiangxi, China, in the Nanxiong Formation. 
See also Category:Taxa named by Lü Junchang References
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