a plant-eating neornithischian dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of North America.
for O.C. Marsh
Synonyms: Nanosaurus rex
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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.
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.
: Late Jurassic
: 156-151 mya
Est. max. length
: 2 meters
Est. max. hip height
: 0.6 meters
Est. max. weight
: 10 Kg
• Brill, K.; and Carpenter, K. (2001) "A baby ornithopod from the Morrison Formation of Garden Park, Colorado" in "Mesozoic Vertebrate Life
• Pierce, R.J. (2006) "A nearly complete dentary of the ornithopod dinosaur Othnielia rex from the Morrison Formation of Wyoming".
• Galton, P.M. (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
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