Leaellynasaura

Leaellynasaura

Description

Leaellynasaura (meaning “Leaellyn’s lizard”) is a genus of small herbivorous ornithischian dinosaurs from the Albian stage of the Early Cretaceous, first discovered in Dinosaur Cove, Australia.

Leaellynasaura is a relatively small dinosaur, about 90 centimeters (3 feet) in length. It is known from several specimens including two nearly complete skeletons and two fragmentary skulls.

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  • Pronounced: LEE-ELL-IN-a-SORE-a
  • Meaning of name: Leaellyn’s lizard
  • Length: estimated 2m
  • Diet: herbivorous
  • When it lived: Early Cretaceous
    (115 – 110 million years ago)
  • Found in: Australia

Taxonomic details

  • Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Genasauria, Cerapoda, Ornithopoda, Euornithopoda, Leaellynasaura
  • Named by: Rich and Rich (1989
  • Type species: amicagraphica