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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Ornithischia
  Family Heterodontosauridae
  Genus Heterodontosaurus
Heterodontosaurus was a small herbivore (plant-eater), only 3 feet (90 centimeters) long. It lived in the early Jurassic period, in South Africa, roughly 205 million years ago.

Its name (which means "varied toothed lizard") stems from its three kinds of teeth. Its teeth are unusual because reptiles and dinosaurs usually only have a single kind of teeth. At the frront of Heterodontosaurus' jaw were small teeth using for chopping leaves and other plant fibers, these were followed by large tusks which may jhave been used for sexual displays, and at the back of the jaw were tall square teeth which were adapted for chewing. An additional adaption for chewing was cheeks: Heterodontosaurus was also one of the first kinds of dinosaurs to have developed cheeks to keep the food in its mouth.

Heterodontosaurus' hands were also interesting. Each hand contained five fingers, two of which were opposable "thumbs" allowing the creature to grasp its food.


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Heterodontosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived about 205 million years ago

Heterodontosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived about 205 million years ago

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

  2. "Heterodontosaurus" means "varied toothed lizard".

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

  4. Heterodontosaurus lived about 205 million years ago, during the late Jurassic period.

  5. Heterodontosaurus lived in South Africa.

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

  7. Heterodontosaurus was about 3 feet (90 centimeters) long.

  8. Heterodontosaurus weighed about 5 to 10 pounds (2.5 to 4.5 kilograms).

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