Crichtonpelta benxiensis by lythronax argestes-d989d6s
An artist's illustration of Crichtonpelta benxiensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
clade: Dinosauria
Family: Ankylosauridae
Genus: Crichtonpelta
Arbour & Currie, 2015
Species: C. benxiensis
Binomial name
Crichtonpelta benxiensis
Lü et al., 2007

Crichtonpelta is a genus of ankylosaur from the Late Cretaceous period of China. It is named after Michael Crichton, the author of the famed Jurassic Park novels. When it was determined that Crichtonsaurus was a nomen dubium, one of the two Crichtonsaurus species, C. benxiensis, was split off to form its own species, Crichtonpelta. It was discovered in 2007, but was described in 2014.

Discovery and naming[]

Near Beipiao, in Sunjiawan Formation, a geological formation in Liaoning, China, they found a skull that belonged to Crichtonpelta. Eventually, a group of scientists, Ji Qiang, Gao Yubo and Li Zhixin named and described this species as Crichtonsaurus benxiensis.

In 2014, a scientist called Victoria Megan Arbour, who was a Canadian evolutionary biologist and a paleontologist, concluded their study, saying that Crichtonsaurus was a nomen dubium. Thus, Victoria Megan Arbour named a seperate species by the name of Crichtonpelta. By that time, there might've been a possibility that may be the case: Crichtonsaurus bohlini may also been a nomen dubium.

In fact, the fossil material of Crichtonsaurus bohlini actually belonged to Crichtonpelta, which implies that it may be just another possible species of Crichtonpelta.


Scientists are not sure, if Crichtonpelta benxiensis possessed a tail club, like other ankylosauridae. Its holotype reached 3-4 metres in length.


Crichtonpelta benxiensis is classified, in Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Ankylosaurinae. It has been placed in Ankylosauridae in a basal position.