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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Ornithischia
  Family Heterodontosauridae
  Genus Echinodon
Echinodon was a small bipedal herbivore (plant-eater) that lived during the early Cretaceous period around about 140 million years ago. Fossils of the animal have been found near Swanage in England.

Echinodon was about 2 feet (60 centimeters) long, and probably weighed around 5 to 10 pounds (2.25 to 4.5 kilograms).

Echinodon was named by Sir Richard Owen who incorrectly mistook the animal for the lizard. Today, however we now know Echindon was a dinosaur, and recent research suggests it is closely related to Heterodontosaurus.

The name Echinodon means "hedgehog tooth" and was chosen in reference to the spines on the animal's teeth.


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Echinodon was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived about 140 million years ago

Echinodon was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived about 140 million years ago

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Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Echinodon:
  1. Echinodon was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. "Echinodon" means "hedgehog tooth", the name being chosen in reference to the spine's on the animal's teeth.

  3. Echinodon was a member of the Ornithischia ("bird-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Echinodon was not closely related to birds, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  4. Echinodon lived about 140 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period.

  5. Echinodon lived in England.

  6. Echinodon was a herbivore (plant-eater).

  7. Echinodon was about 2 feet (60 centimeters) long.

  8. Echinodon weighed about 5 to 10 pounds (2.25 to 4.5 kilograms).

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