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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Ornithischia
  Suborder Cerapoda
  Infraorder Ornithopoda
  Parvorder Iguanodontia
  Family Hypsilophodontidae
  Genus Hypsilophodon
Hypsilophodon lived in the early Cretaceous period, about 125 to 120 million years ago in England, Portugal and North America.

Hypsilophodon was a herbivore (plant-eater), about 4 to 7 feet (1.2 to 2.1 meters) long.

About 20 perfect fossilized skeletons of Hypsilophodon have been found together in the Isle of Wight, England, so it seems likely that these animals must have lived and died together. Scientists therefore believe that Hypsilophodon lived in herds.

The first remains of Hypsilophodon were discovered in 1849, but were incorrectly believed to be a young Iguanodon. Only in 1870, was Hypsilophodon properly described (by T.H. Huxley) after he had been provided with a number of fossils skeletons by Rev. William Darwin Fox. For almost a century, Hypsilophodon was thought to have been tree-dwelling, much like a modern tree-kangeroo. However, in the 1970s, the skeleton was reexamined, and most scientists now believe that there is in fact no evidence that Hypsilophodon lived in the trees - in fact, it seems more likely that Hypsilophodon is actually a fast runner.


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Hypsilophodon was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 125 to 120 million years ago

Hypsilophodon was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 125 to 120 million years ago

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

  2. "Hypsilophodon" means "high-crested tooth". This name was chosen by T. H. Huxley in 1869.

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

  4. Hypsilophodon lived between about 125 million years ago and 120 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period.

  5. Hypsilophodon lived in North America and Europe (including England and Portugal).

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

  7. Hypsilophodon was about 4 feet (1.2 meters) to 7 feet (2.1 meters) long.

  8. Hypsilophodon weighed about 45 pounds (20 kilograms).

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