37 Dinosaurs That Start With K

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Written by Deniz Martinez

Published: January 30, 2024

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With over 900 genera of non-avian dinosaurs officially named thus far, there are dinos that start with every letter of the alphabet. This includes over three dozen dinosaurs that start with K. Read on to learn all their names and what they mean!

1. Kaatedocus

Name means: “small beam”

Kaatedocus in Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, in Brussels (Belgium).
Kaatedocus

was an herbivore.

©Fernando Losada Rodríguez / CC BY-SA 4.0 – Original / License

Kaatedocus is a genus of diplodocoid from the Late Jurassic. Researchers named the type species Kaatedocus siberi in 2012 from fossils found in Wyoming, USA.

2. Kaijiangosaurus

Name means: “Kaijiang lizard”

Kaijiangosaurus is a genus of tetanuran from the Middle Jurassic. Researchers named the type species Kaijiangosaurus lini in 1984 from fossils found in China.

3. Kaijutitan

Name means: “Kaiju titan”

Kaijutitan is a genus of titanosaur from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kaijutitan maui in 2019 from fossils found in Argentina.

4. Kakuru

Name means: named after the Rainbow Serpent

Kakuru is a genus of maniraptor from the Early Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kakuru kujani in 1980 from fossils found in Australia.

5. Kamuysaurus

Name means: “deity lizard”

	Life reconstruction of Kamuysaurus japonicus gen. et sp. nov. with a carcass of a mosasaur (Phosphorosaurus ponpetelegans), a sea turtle (Mesodermochelys undulates), and shells of ammonoids (Patagiosites compressus and Gaudryceras hobetsense) and bivalves (Nannonavis elongatus) on the beach (above). The individual of Kamuysaurus in the foreground is reconstructed based on the assumption of the presence of a supracranial crest, similar to a sub-adult form of Brachylophosaurus. The individual behind it is reconstructed without the crest.
Kamuysaurus

was an herbivore.

©Art by Masato Hattori, published by Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, Tomohiro Nishimura, Ryuji Takasaki, Kentaro Chiba, Anthony R. Fiorillo, Kohei Tanaka, Tsogtbaatar Chinzorig, Tamaki Sato & Kazuhiko Sakurai / CC BY 4.0 – Original / License

Kamuysaurus is a genus of saurolophine hadrosaur from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kamuysaurus japonicus in 2019 from fossils found in Japan.

6. Kangnasaurus

Name means: “Kangna Farm lizard”

Kangnasaurus is a genus of dryosaur from the Early Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kangnasaurus coetzeei in 1915 from fossils found in South Africa.

7. Kansaignathus

Name means: “‬Kansai jaw”

Kansaignathus is a genus of dromaeosaur from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kansaignathus sogdianus in 2021 from fossils found in Tajikistan.

8. Karongasaurus

Name means: “‬Karonga lizard‭”

Karongasaurus is a genus of titanosaur from the Early Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Karongasaurus gittelmani in 2005 from fossils found in Malawi.

9. Katepensaurus

Name means: “hole lizard”

Katepensaurus is a genus of rebbachisaur from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Katepensaurus goicoecheai in 2013 from fossils found in Argentina.

10. Kayentavenator

Name means: “‬Kayenta hunter”

Kayentavenator is a genus of tetanuran from the Early Jurassic. Researchers named the type species Kayentavenator elysiae in 2010 from fossils found in Arizona, USA.

11. Kazaklambia

Name means: “Kazakh lambeosaurine”

Kazaklambia is a genus of lambeosaurine hadrosaur from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kazaklambia convincens in 1968 from fossils found in Kazakhstan.

12. Kelmayisaurus

Name means: “Karamay lizard”

Kelmayisaurus is a genus of carcharodontosaur from the Early Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kelmayisaurus petrolicus in 1973 from fossils found in China.

13. Kelumapusaura

Name means: “red earth lizard”

Life restoration of Kelumapusaura.
Kelumapusaura

was an herbivore.

©Leonardo HerSan / CC BY-SA 4.0 – Original / License

Kelumapusaura is a genus of saurolophine hadrosaur from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kelumapusaura machi in 2022 from fossils found in Argentina.

14. Kentrosaurus

Name means: “spike lizard”

Kentrosaurus is a genus of stegosaurian dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of Tanzania, stand on the stone isolated on white background with clipping path
Kentrosaurus

was an herbivore.

©YuRi Photolife/Shutterstock.com

Kentrosaurus is a genus of stegosaur from the Late Jurassic. Researchers named the type species Kentrosaurus aethiopicus in 1915 from fossils found in Tanzania.

15. Kerberosaurus

Name means: “Kerberos lizard”

Kerberosaurus is a genus of saurolophine hadrosaur from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kerberosaurus manakini in 2004 from fossils found in Russia.

16. Khaan

Name means: “Lord”

Skeletal reconstruction of Khaan mckennai
Khaan

may have been an omnivore.

©Jaime A. Headden (User:Qilong) / CC BY 3.0 – Original / License

Khaan is a genus of oviraptor from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Khaan mckennai in 2001 from fossils found in Mongolia.

17. Kholumolumo

Name means: derived from a type of dragon in Sotho mythology‭

Kholumolumo is a genus of massopod from the Late Triassic. Researchers named the type species Kholumolumo ellenbergerorum in 2020 from fossils found in Lesotho.

18. Khulsanurus

Name means: “Khulsan tail‭”

Khulsanurus is a genus of alvarezsaur from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Khulsanurus magnificus in 2021 from fossils found in Mongolia.

19. Kileskus

Name means: “lizard”

Life restoration of tyrannosauroid Kileskus aristotocus from the Middle Jurassic (Bathonian) Itat Formation at Berezovsk Quarryy, Krasnoyarsk Krai (West Siberia, Russia)
Kileskus

was a carnivore.

©Пётр Меньшиков / CC BY-SA 4.0 – Original / License

Kileskus is a genus of tyrannosauroid from the Middle Jurassic. Researchers named the type species Kileskus aristotocus in 2010 from fossils found in Russia.

20. Kinnareemimus

Name means: “Kinnaree mimic”

Kinnareemimus

may have been an omnivore.

©Renata Cunha, Marcos A. F. Sales, Marcel B. Lacerda, Bruno L. D. Horn, Isabel A. P. de Oliveira, Cesar L. Schultz / CC BY-SA 4.0 – Original / License

Kinnareemimus is a genus of ornithomimosaur from the Early Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Early Cretaceous in 2009 from fossils found in Thailand.

21. Klamelisaurus

Name means: “Klameli Mountains lizard‭”

Klamelisaurus skeleton
Klamelisaurus

was an herbivore.

©Kabacchi / CC BY 2.0 – Original / License

Klamelisaurus is a genus of mamenchisaur from the Middle Jurassic. Researchers named the type species Kinnareemimus khonkaenensis in 1993 from fossils found in China.

22. Kol

Kol ghuva feeding from a termite mound.
Kol

may have been an insectivore.

©FunkMonk (Michael B. H.) / CC BY-SA 3.0 – Original / License

Name means: “foot”

Kol is a genus of coelurosaur from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kol ghuva in 2009 from fossils found in Mongolia.

23. Koparion

Name means: an ancient type of small surgical knife (scalpel)

Koparion is a genus of coelurosaur from the Late Jurassic. Researchers named the type species Koparion douglassi in 1994 from fossils found in Utah, USA.

24. Koreaceratops

Name means: “Korean horned face”

Koreaceratops is a herbivore genus of basal ceratopsian dinosaurs discovered in Albian-age Lower Cretaceous rocks of South Korea. Koreaceratops isolated on white background with clipping path.
Koreaceratops

was an herbivore.

©YuRi Photolife/Shutterstock.com

Koreaceratops is a genus of ceratopsian from the Early Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Koreaceratops hwaseongensis in 2011 from fossils found in South Korea.

25. Koreanosaurus

Name means: “Korean lizard”

Skeletal diagram of Koreanosaurus boseongensis. (From top to bottom) KDRC-BB1, KDRC-BB2 (holotype), KDRC-BB3 (paratype), and skeletal reconstruction.
Koreanosaurus

was an herbivore.

©PARK Jin-Young / CC BY 4.0 – Original / License

Koreanosaurus is a genus of orodromine from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Koreanosaurus boseongensis in 2011 from fossils found in South Korea.

26. Koshisaurus

Name means: “Koshi lizard”

Life reconstruction of Koshisaurus katsuyama
Koshisaurus

was an herbivore.

©Nobu Tamura / CC BY-SA 4.0 – Original / License

Koshisaurus is a genus of hadrosauroid from the Early Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Koshisaurus katsuyama in 2015 from fossils found in Japan.

27. Kosmoceratops

Name means: “ornate horned face”

Kosmoceratops is a herbivore genus of ceratopsid dinosaurs that lived during the Late Cretaceous period. Kosmoceratops is isolated on a white background with a clipping path.
Kosmoceratops

was an herbivore.

©YuRi Photolife/Shutterstock.com

Kosmoceratops is a genus of ceratopsian from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kosmoceratops richardsoni in 2010 from fossils found in Utah, USA.

28. Kotasaurus

Name means: “Kota Formation lizard”

Kotasaurus is a genus of eusauropod from the Early Jurassic. Researchers named the type species Kotasaurus yamanpalliensis in 1988 from fossils found in India.

29. Koutalisaurus

Name means: “spoon lizard”

Koutalisaurus is a genus of lambeosaurine hadrosaur from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Koutalisaurus kohlerorum in 2006 from fossils found in Spain.

30. Kritosaurus

Name means: “separated lizard”

Kritosaurus navajovius, an hadrosaur from the Late Cretaceous of North America, pencil drawing. Head after skull reconstruction per the following reference: Kirkland, James I.; Hernández-Rivera, René; Gates, Terry; Paul, Gregory S.; Nesbitt, Sterling; Serrano-Brañas, Claudia Inés; and Garcia-de la Garza, Juan Pablo (2006). "Large hadrosaurine dinosaurs from the latest Campanian of Coahuila, Mexico". in Lucas, S.G.; and Sullivan, Robert M. (eds.). Late Cretaceous Vertebrates from the Western Interior. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin, 35. Albuquerque, New Mexico: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. pp. 299–315.
Kritosaurus

was an herbivore.

©Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com) / CC BY-SA 3.0 – Original / License

Kritosaurus is a genus of saurolophine hadrosaur from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kritosaurus navajovius in 1910 from fossils found in New Mexico, USA.

31. Kryptops

Name means: “covered face”

Skeletal diagram of Kryptops palaios
Krytops

was a carnivore.

©Paleocolour / CC BY-SA 4.0 – Original / License

Krytops is a genus of abelisaur from the Early Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kryptops palaios in 2008 from fossils found in Niger.

32. Kulceratops

Name means: “‬[Khodzha]kul horned face‭”

Kulceratops is a genus of ceratopsian from the Early Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kulceratops kulensis in 1995 from fossils found in Uzbekistan.

33. Kulindadromeus

Name means: “Kulinda runner”

Life reconstruction of Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus
Kulindadromeus

was an herbivore.

©Nobu Tamura email:[email protected] http://spinops.blogspot.com/ / CC BY-SA 4.0 – Original / License

Kulindadromeus is a genus of neornithischian from the Middle Jurassic. Researchers named the type species Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus in 2014 from fossils found in Russia.

34. Kunbarrasaurus

Name means: “shield lizard”

Kunbarrasaurus (formerly Minmi) model, National Dinosaur Museum, Canberra
Kunbarrasaurus

was a herbivore.

©Cas Liber / CC0 – Original / License

Kunbarrasaurus is a genus of ankylosaur from the Early Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kunbarrasaurus ieversi in 2015 from fossils found in Australia.

35. Kundurosaurus

Name means: “Kundur lizard”

Kundurosaurus is a genus of saurolophine hadrosaur from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kundurosaurus nagornyi in 2012 from fossils found in Russia.

36. Kuru

Name means: named after Kurukullā (Tibetan Buddhist deity)

Kuru is a velociraptorine theropod from the Late Cretaceous of Central Asia. The species is named after Kurukullā, a Tibetan Buddhist deity associated with major life transitions. Kuru was around 2 m long, and 15 kg in body mass. Like other dromaeosaurs, Kuru was covered in feathers and had the characteristic enlarged sickle claw on the second toe of each foot. Its discovery demonstrated that closely related dinosaur species could coexist in the same region, and would tolerate each other despite competition.
Kuru

was a carnivore.

©UnexpectedDinoLesson / CC BY-SA 4.0 – Original / License

Kuru is a genus of dromaeosaur from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kuru kulla in 2021 from fossils found in Mongolia.

37. Kurupi

Name means: named for a fertility god from Guaraní mythology

Kurupi is a genus of abelisaur from the Late Cretaceous. Researchers named the type species Kurupi itaata in 2021 from fossils found in Brazil.

Summary of 37 Dinosaurs That Start With K

NameMeaningGeological PeriodWhere FoundYear Named
1. Kaatedocus“small beam”Late JurassicWyoming, USA2012
2. Kaijiangosaurus“Kaijiang lizard”Middle JurassicChina1984
3. Kaijutitan“Kaiju titan”Late CretaceousArgentina2019
4. Kakurunamed after the Rainbow SerpentEarly CretaceousAustralia1980
5. Kamuysaurus“deity lizard”Late CretaceousJapan2019
6. Kangnasaurus“Kangna Farm lizard”Early CretaceousSouth Africa1915
7. Kansaignathus“‬Kansai jaw”Late CretaceousTajikistan2021
8. Karongasaurus“‬Karonga lizard‭”Early CretaceousMalawi2005
9. Katepensaurus“hole lizard”Late CretaceousArgentina2013
10. Kayentavenator“‬Kayenta hunter”Early JurassicArizona2010
11. Kazaklambia“Kazakh lambeosaurine”Late CretaceousKazakhstan1968
12. Kelmayisaurus“Karamay lizard”Early CretaceousChina1973
13. Kelumapusaura“red earth lizard”Late CretaceousArgentina2022
14. Kentrosaurus“spike lizard”Late JurassicTanzania1915
15. Kerberosaurus“Kerberos lizard”Late CretaceousRussia2004
16. Khaan“Lord”Late CretaceousMongolia2001
17. Kholumolumoderived from a type of dragon in Sotho mythologyLate TriassicLesotho2020
18. Khulsanurus“Khulsan tail‭”Late CretaceousMongolia2021
19. Kileskus“lizard”Middle JurassicRussia2010
20. Kinnareemimus“Kinnaree mimic”Early CretaceousThailand2009
21. KlamelisaurusKlameli Mountains lizard‭”Middle JurassicChina1993
22. Kol“foot”Late CretaceousMongolia2009
23. Koparionan ancient type of small surgical knife (scalpel)Late JurassicUtah, USA1994
24. Koreaceratops“Korean horned face”Early CretaceousSouth Korea2021
25. Koreanosaurus“Korean lizard”Late CretaceousSouth Korea2021
26. Koshisaurus“Koshi lizard”Early CretaceousJapan2015
27. Kosmoceratops“ornate horned face”Late CretaceousUtah, USA2010
28. Kotasaurus“Kota Formation lizard”Early JurassicIndia1988
29. Koutalisaurus“spoon lizard”Late CretaceousSpain2006
30. Kritosaurus“separated lizard”Late CretaceousNew Mexico, USA1910
31. Kryptops“covered face”Early CretaceousNiger2008
32. Kulceratops“‬[Khodzha]kul horned face‭”Early CretaceousUzbekistan1995
33. Kulindadromeus“Kulinda runner”Middle JurassicRussia2014
34. Kunbarrasaurus“shield lizard”Early CretaceousAustralia2015
35. Kundurosaurus“Kundur lizard”Late CretaceousRussia2012
36. Kurunamed after Kurukullā (Tibetan Buddhist deity)Late CretaceousMongolia2021
37. Kurupinamed for a fertility god from Guaraní mythologyLate CretaceousBrazil2021
Sources: DinopediaPrehistoric Wildlife



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Deniz Martinez is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on biogeography, ornithology, and mammalogy. Deniz has been researching, teaching, and writing about animals for over 10 years and holds both an MS degree from American Public University earned in 2016 and an MA degree from Lindenwood University earned in 2022. A resident of Pennsylvania, Deniz also runs Art History Animalia, a website and associated social media dedicated to investigating intersections of natural history with art & visual culture history via exploring animal iconography.

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