Thursday, 28 November 2013

Heterodontosaurus tucki

A study of a tiny little skull of a juvenile Heterodontosaurus discovered in a museum drawer has indicated that this animal was probably omnivorous, feeding both on plants and small animals such as insects.

Heterodontosaurus tucki
Crompton and Charig, 1962
Meaning of generic name
Different toothed lizard
Length: 1 m
Complete articulated skeleton
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Upper Eliott Formation, Lower Jurassic (Hettangian)

Locality: District of Herschel, Cape province, South Africa
Dinosauria Ornithischia Heterodontosauridae
Further Reading
A. W. Crompton and A. J. Charig. 1962. A new ornithischian from the Upper Triassic of South Africa. Nature 196:1074-1077

R. J. Butler, L. B. Porro, and D. B. Norman. 2008. A juvenile skull of the primitive ornithischian dinosaur Heterodontosaurus tucki from the 'Stormberg' of southern Africa. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28(3):700-711
Lycorhinus tucki
Images by Tobu Namura (click to enlarge)
"This is my third version of this animal. I've added a fur as the discovery of the related Tianyulong suggests it was covered with."
earlier version:

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