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Oryctodromeus

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

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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Velafrons

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

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

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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Dakotaraptor

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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Fukuiraptor

Fukuiraptor (meaning “Fukui Thief”) is a genus of neovenatorid or tyrannosauroid from the Early Cretaceous of Japan. When first unearthed, it was thought to be a dromaeosaurid. The type species is F. kitadaniensis, described ┬áby Azuma and Currie in 2000. Its holotype specimen was only about 14 feet(4.3 meters) long, showing it to be a […]

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Lurdusaurus

Lurdusaurus (meaning “Heavy Lizard”) is a genus of iguanodont ornithopod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of the Tenere Desert in Niger. It lived with dinosaurs such as Suchomimus, Ouranosaurus, Eocarcharia, and Kryptops. Thomas R. Holtz, jr has said that Lurdusaurus was aquatic or semi-aquatic, because of it’s hippopotamus-like build. The remains were discovered in 1965 […]

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Nanuqsaurus

Nanuqsaurus (meaning “Polar Bear Lizard”) is a genus of tyrannosaurid from the Late Cretaceous of Alaska. The fossils were found in the Prince Creek Formation and described in 2014 by Anthony R. Fiorillo and Ronald S. Tykoski, making this a very recent discovery. The original fossils (a partial skull) were referred to Gorgosaurus and then […]

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Ouranosaurus

Ouranosaurus (meaning “Brave Lizard”) is a genus of iguanodontid dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of northern Africa, especially in the Echkar Formation in Niger. Two very complete specimens were unearthed in the Echkar Formation. The first complete fossil found in 1965 and the second in 1972. The type species, O. nigerensis, was described by Phillippe […]

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