Genus: Padillasaurus CARBALLIDO, POL, RUGE, BERNAI, PARAMO-FONSECA & ETAYO-SERNA, 2015
Etymology: In honor of Dr. Carlos Bernardo Padilla Bernal (1957-2013), a paleontological enthusiast who lead the creation of the Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas of Villa de Leiva (Colombia), promoted paleontological collection and research on the Colombian fossil record, and encourged the study of this specimen by combining 'Padilla" and Greek, sauros, "lizard."
Species: leivaensis CARBALLIDO, POL, RUGE, BERNAI, PARAMO-FONSECA & ETAYO-SERNA, 2015
Etymology: In reference to the locality of Villa de Leiva, Boyaca Department, Ricaurte Province, Colombia, from which the specimen derives.
Holotype: JACVM 0001
Locality: Norteast of Villa de Leiva Town, Boyaca Department, Ricaurte Province, Colombia.
Horizon: Paja Formation.
Age: Barremian-Aptian Stage, Gallic Subepoch, Upper Early Cretaceous Epoch, Early Cretaceous.
Material: Posterior dorsal centrum, the last presacral vertebra, the two anterior-most and two posterior-most sacral vertebrae, and first eight caudal vertebrae.
Note: Marine deposit.