Atlascopcosaurus

Atlascopcosaurus loadsi

  • Pronounced:  Atlasscop-coe-Saw-rus

  • Diet:  Herbivore (plant eater)

  • Name Means:  Atlas Copco Lizard

  • Length:  10 feet (3 m)

  • Height:  3 feet (1 m)

  • Weight:  250 pounds (120 kilos)

  • Time:  Early Cretaceous 118 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Australia

Atlascopcosaurus was a small, primitive-looking plant-eater from Australia known only from a jaw fragment and a few teeth.

It is a good example of how scientists can learn a great deal about a dinosaur from a very small amount of fossil material. Atlascopcosaurus's teeth are similar enough to other members of the Hypsilophodon  family to place it in that group, but different enough to establish a new genus.

The distinction that leads scientists to believe that it was a separate genus is the number of ridges on the teeth and their placement in the jaw.

Atlascopcosaurus was named for a sponsor of the expedition that discovered the dinosaur - the Atlas Copco Corporation.



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