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Skeletal reconstruction of Hypsilophodon

Skeletal reconstruction of Hypsilophodon

Temporal occurrence
Lower Cretaceous ( Barremium to Early Aptian )
130.7 to 123 million years
Dinosaur (dinosauria)
Pelvic dinosaur (Ornithischia)
Scientific name
Huxley , 1869
  • Hypsilophodon foxii

Hypsilophodon ("tooth with high combs") was a herbivorous bird's pelvis dinosaur from the group of Hypsilophodontidae . He was about 1.4 to 2.3 m long, had strong legs and well-trained arms. The tail was half the length of the body. Two rows of bones ran down his back.

Live reconstruction of Hypsilophodon

The animal lived on the ground - previous assumptions that it lived on trees have been discarded. Hypsilophodon was arguably a fast runner.

Fossils of this dinosaur come from deposits ( Barremium to early Aptian ) from around 131 to 123 million years ago in Europe and western North America. A particularly large number of finds are known from the Isle of Wight . Hypsilophodon was probably a herd animal , as a mass find with 24 skeletons was discovered.


In Michael Crichton's thriller DinoPark , Hypsilophodon is one of 15 species of dinosaur.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Dougal Dixon : The World Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures. Lorenz Books, London 2008, ISBN 978-0-7548-1730-7 , p. 366.
  2. ^ Gregory S. Paul : The Princeton Field Guide To Dinosaurs. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ et al. 2010, ISBN 978-0-691-13720-9 , pp. 275–276, Online ( Memento of the original from July 13, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / press.princeton.edu

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