Lesothosaurus diagnosticus

  • Pronounced:  leh - So - tho - Saw - rus

  • Diet:  Herbivore (Plant-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "diagnostic Lesotho lizard"

  • Length:  3 feet (1 m)

  • Height:  1 foot (.3 m)

  • Weight:  15 pounds (7 kilos)

  • Time:  Triassic

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Africa, Australia

Lesothosaurus is a very early herbivorous (plant-eating) dinosaur. It was very small compared to the later giant plant-eaters. Not a lot is known about this small dinosaur. Lesothosaurus, being such an early dinosaur, shared the way it looked with early meat-eaters. It was still small enough and light enough that it could walk mostly on its hind legs. It was a small, speedy creature that would eat low-growing plants.

Lesothosaurus is known from some skull and skeleton fragments. It is interesting as a specimen because it developed at the very beginning of the Jurassic period. Fragmentary fossils of a dinosaur that was initially identified as Fabrosaurus  are thought to possibly be those of the Lesothosaurus. This material was found in Australia (which was connected to South Africa in the late Triassic) and current thinking is that it is likely the same dinosaur.

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