Lycorhinus (Wolf snout)
Sidney H. Haughton - 1924
Estimated 4 meters long
L. angustidens (type)
South Africa, Cape Province - Elliot Formation, England
Late Jurassic, 155 to 150 million years ago
Lycorhinus, meaning “wolf snout,” is a genus of herbivorous dinosaur that lived during the Late Jurassic period, approximately 155 to 150 million years ago. Lycorhinus is classified as a stegosaur, a group of armored dinosaurs known for their distinctive plates and spikes along their backs and tails.
Lycorhinus was a relatively small stegosaur, reaching only about 4 meters (13 feet) in length. It had a narrow skull with a pointed snout, giving it its characteristic wolf-like appearance. Like other stegosaurs, it had bony plates along its back and tail, which likely served as a defense against predators. It also had spikes at the end of its tail, which could have been used to fend off attackers.
Fossils of Lycorhinus have been found in England, and include fragments of its skull and skeleton. Not much is known about the behavior or ecology of Lycorhinus, but it was likely a herbivore, feeding on plants such as ferns and conifers.
Stegosaurs were once thought to be slow-moving, lumbering dinosaurs, but recent studies suggest that they may have been more agile than previously thought. While Lycorhinus was still a relatively small stegosaur, it is possible that it was more nimble and active than its larger relatives.
Lycorhinus is not as well-known as some other stegosaurs, but its unique skull and smaller size make it an interesting and important addition to our understanding of these fascinating dinosaurs. As with many dinosaurs, our knowledge of Lycorhinus and its relatives continues to evolve as new fossils are discovered and new techniques for studying them are developed.