"Different toothed lizard", what name of Heterodontosaurus means, was named in 1962. Heterodontosaurus was an ornithischian dinosaur, related to dinosaurs such as Parasaurolophus, Chasmosaurus, and Stegosaurus. Heterodontosaurus can be recognized easiest by its canine teeth. It lived in the Early Jurassic (199-196 MYA) of South Africa and is primarily believed to be an herbivore. This dinosaur was agile from the way it appears. What makes Heterodontosaurus so unique is the pelvis and pubis resembled more advanced ornithisichian dinosaurs. Heterodontosaurus had five fingers, with two being opposable. Heterodontosaurus would be able to grasp and also manipulate food. Heterodontosaurus seemed to also hold some bird-like qualities as well. An example of convergent evolution.
|Heterdontosaurus tucki life restoration: Christopher DiPiazza|
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Paul, Gregory S. "Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs". New Jersey:Princeton University Press. 2010. p.240
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