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Oryctodromeus (meaning “Digging Runner”) is a genus of small ornithopod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Montana and Idaho, in the United States. The type species is O. cubicularis, named in 2007 by David Varricchio, Anthony Martin, and Yoshihiro Katsura. It was the first fossil evidence of a burrowing dinosaur discovered, with the type specimen […]

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Ichthyovenator (meaning “Fish Hunter”) is a genus of spinosaurid from the Early Cretaceous of Laos. It was described in 2012 by Ronan Allain and three of his colleagues, and they named the type species I. laosensis after the country it was found in. It was placed in the clade Baryonycinae, along with Suchomimus and Baryonyx. […]

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Megalosaurus (meaning “Giant Lizard”) is a genus of Megalosaurid from the Middle Jurassic of England. It was described in 1827 by Gideon Mantell as M. bucklandii, making Megalosaurus the first officially described ┬ádinosaur. The type species is named in honor of William Buckland. In 1842, Sir Richard Owen used Iguanodon, Hylaeosaurus, and this Megalosaurus to […]

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Yingshanosaurus (meaning “Yingshan lizard”) is a genus of stegosaurid from the Late Jurassic of China. It was discovered in 1983 and then was briefly described in 1985 in a lecture that was later published in 1986 by Zhou Shiwu. Since it was not properly described, it was considered a nomen nudum until 1994, when it […]

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Velafrons (meaning “Sailed Forehead”) is a genus of Hadrosaurid from the Late Cretaceous of Mexico. The type species is V. coahuliensis, described by Terry Gates, Scott D. Sampson, and others in 2007. It is known from a near complete adult skull and scattered remains of a single juvenile. The juvenile is already about 25 feet […]

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Antarctopelta(meaning “Antarctic Shield”) is a genus of Nodosaurid from the Late Cretaceous of Antarctica, hence its name. It was described in 2006 by Salgado and Gasparini, with the type species being A. oliveroi. It has an estimated length of about 13 feet, or 4 meters. Even though it was described in 2006, it was discovered […]

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Machairoceratops(meaning “Bent Sword Horned Face”) is a genus of Ceratopsid from the Late Cretaceous of Utah, in the United States. The meaning of the name refers to how the frill horns bend forward on the Machairoceratops. The brow horns are similar to that of Diabloceratops. The type and only species, M. cronusi, was described in […]

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Brontosaurus(meaning “Thunder Lizard”) is a genus of ┬áDiplodocidae dinosaur that lived in what is now the western area of the United States during the Late Jurassic period. The type species, B. excelsus, was described by Othniel Charles Marsh in 1879. In 1902, Peterson and Gilmore named a new genus of dinosaur Elosaurus, with the species […]

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Dakotaraptor (meaning “Dakota Thief”) is a genus of dromaeosaur from the Late Cretaceous of South Dakota in the United States. The specific name is D. steini, named by Robert DePalma in 2015. It was originally found in 2005. At first, this dinosaur seems as if it was a normal dromaeosaurid, but it is three times […]

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