Agilisaurus louderbacki

  • Pronounced:  eh - Jill - ih - Saw - rus

  • Diet:  Herbivore (Plant-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Agile Lizard"

  • Length:  4 feet (1.2 m)

  • Height:  2 feet (.6 m)

  • Weight:  30 pounds (13 kilos)

  • Time:  Middle Jurassic - 165 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in China

Agilisaurus was discovered when construction workers uncovered it while they were digging a basement for a Chinese dinosaur museum!

A small, agile plant-eater, Agilisaurus was very lightly built. Its long legs could carry it through the Jurassic forests of China very quickly, giving it the ability to escape from all kinds of predators.

The Agilisaurus type specimen was found while construction crews were digging the foundation of the Zigong Dinosaur Museum in the Sichuan Province of China. It was an almost complete skeleton, and as a result of this discovery, another early Chinese ornithopod was reclassified to this genus.

This is the most complete ornithopod ever found in China. These small herbivores eventually evolved into the Iguanodon  s and hadrosaurs of the Cretaceous.

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