Xiaosaurus dashanpensis

  • Pronounced:  chow - Saw - rus

  • Diet:  Herbivore (plant-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Small Lizard"

  • Length:  3 ft.(1 m)

  • Height:  1 ft.(30 cm)

  • Weight:  15 lb.(7 kg.)

  • Time:  Middle Jurassic - 178 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Asia

Xiaosaurus was a little plant-eater that lived in Asia during the Jurassic period. These quick dinosaurs probably lived in large family groups and moved through forests so they could hide from predators. They had very little in the way of defenses against a hungry meat-eater.

Xiaosaurus is considered to be a link between the early herbivore Lesothosaurus and Hypsilophodon. It also had some primitive attributes found on basal ornithischians. These types of transitional specimens are important in understanding dinosaur evolution and migration.

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