Rhabdodon ‭(‬Fluted tooth‭)

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Rhabdodon ‭(‬Fluted tooth‭)

Phonetic : Rab-doe-don.

Named By : Matheron‭ ‬-‭ ‬1869

Diet : Herbivore

Size : Estimated 4 – 6 meters long

Type of Dinosaur : Euornithopod

Type Species : R.‭ ‬priscus‭ (‬type‭)

Found in : Czech Republic,‭ ‬France,‭ ‬Romania and Spain

When it Lived : Late Cretaceous, 76-70 million years ago

Rhabdodon (meaning “fluted tooth”) is a genus belonging to ornithopod dinosaurs that was found in Europe between 70 and 66 million years ago, in the Late Cretaceous. It has a similar structure to a sturdy “hypsilophodont” (non-iguanodont ornithopod) but all modern analysis of phylogenetics find this to be an unnatural combination and Rhabdodon is considered to be a base species of Iguanodontia.

Rhabdodon priscus mount★Kumiko★, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

There are two species of Rhabdodon are recognized, Rhabdodon priscus, the kind species and R. septimanicus (Buffetaut and Le Loeuff 1991). Rhabdodon remains are now discovered from southern France however fragmentary remains found in eastern Spain are attributed to the Genus. Rhabdodon is large in comparison to its closest relatives, and in fact, a paper from the past ( Osi et al. (2012)) found that it was larger than base rhabdodontid condition and suggested that it was actually experiencing hugeness in its “mainland”; and not insular dwarfism, as was previously research suggested.

Source: Wikipedia