Lesothosaurus was herbivore (plant-eater) that lived
in southern Africa during the early
between about 199 and 189 million years ago.
Lesothosaurus was about 3½ feet (1 meter) long, and
is believed to have been a fast runner. It is thought to
have run bipedally on its hind legs. Its front limbs were
short and ended with five-fingered hands. The creature's teeth were
ideal for chewing tough plant matter.
"Lesothosaurus" means "lizard from Lesotho" (named after the country of Lesotho in southern Africa).
Lesothosaurus was a member of the Ornithischia ("bird-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Lesothosaurus was not closely related to birds, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.
Lesothosaurus lived between about 199 million years ago and 189 million years ago, during the late Jurassic period.
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