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Lesothosaurus - Dinosaurs A-Z

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Hidden : 4/27/2013
In Wisconsin, United States
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Lesothosaurus - Dinosaurs A-Z
"L" Lesothosaurus
Dinosaurs A-Z will introduce you to some unique dinosaurs.  I'm a big dinosaur fan and have read and researched many dinosaurs.  Lesothosaurus is the twelth in my collection of dinosaur geocaches. 

Lesothosaurus: A herbivorous ornithischian dinosaur. It was named by paleontologist Peter Galton in 1978, the name meaning "lizard from Lesotho". The genus is monotypic, having only one valid species, Lesothosaurus diagnosticus, within the genus.

Description: Lesothosaurus was a 1 metre (3.3 ft) long, bipedal plant-eater. Its long legs, small arms, and slender tail all suggest that it was a fast runner; it would have resembled a large lizard walking bipedally. The small skull of Lesothosaurus was short and flat, with large eye sockets. It had large cavities for the eye and jaw muscles. It had a short, pointed snout, and the lower jaw may have ended in a beak. Its teeth were pointed with grooved edges, and would have been ideal for chewing tough plant matter. The skull was mounted on a short but flexible neck. The hind limbs of Lesothosaurus were much longer than the forelimbs, which were quite short with small 'hands'. The hand had four well-developed fingers and a smaller fifth finger. The length of the rear legs indicates

Lesothosaurus was a fast, agile runner. The distinctive femur has a unique femoral head not seen in other dinosaurs. Lesothosaurus lived in the hot, arid conditions of Lesotho and South Africa, during the Early Jurassic. Remains of Lesothosaurus have been collected from the Upper Elliot Formation, dating it to the Hettangian to Sinemurian portions of the Early Jurassic.

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