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OTHNIELIA

a plant-eating neornithischian dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of North America.
Othnielosaurus
Pronunciation: OTH-ni-EE-lee-uh
Meaning: for O.C. Marsh
Author/s: Galton (1977)
Synonyms: Nanosaurus rex (Marsh, 1877)
First Discovery: Colorado, USA
Chart Position: 203

Othnielia rex

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Etymology
Othnielia is named after American paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh. By the by, "Othniel" means "Lion of God" in Hebrew. There's no link, we just thought you might like to know. The species epithet (or specific name), rex, means "king" in Latin.
Discovery
Fossils have been assigned to Othnielia from Wyoming and Utah but the only definite specimen is YPM 1875—the 10.1 cm long holotype femur previously known as "Nanosaurus rex"—that Benjamin Franklin Mudge discovered in the Morrison Formation at Garden Park, Colorado, in 1877.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Jurassic
Stage: Oxfordian-Tithonian
Age range: 156-151 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 2 meters
Est. max. hip height: 0.6 meters
Est. max. weight: 10 Kg
Diet: Herbivore
othnielia size
References
• Galton PM and Jensen JA (1973) "Skeleton of a hypsilophodontid dinosaur (Nanosaurus (?) rex) from the Upper Jurassic of Utah". Brigham Young University Geology Series. 20: 137–157.
• Galton PM (1977) "The ornithopod dinosaur Dryosaurus and a Laurasia-Gondwanaland connection in the Upper Jurassic". Nature 268: 230-232.
• Brill K and Carpenter K (2001) "A baby ornithopod from the Morrison Formation of Garden Park, Colorado" in "Mesozoic Vertebrate Life". Indiana University Press. pp. 197–205.
• Pierce RJ (2006) "A nearly complete dentary of the ornithopod dinosaur Othnielia rex from the Morrison Formation of Wyoming". New Mexico Museum of Nat. Hist. and Science, Bulletin 36, pp. 163–164.
• Galton PM (2007) "Teeth of ornithischian dinosaurs (mostly Ornithopoda) from the Morrison Formation (Upper Jurassic) of the western United States" in "Horns and Beaks: Ceratopsian and Ornithopod Dinosaurs". Indiana University Press, pp. 17-47.
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Atkinson, L. "OTHNIELIA :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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