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Hippodraco
Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Reptilia
Subclass Diapsida
Superorder Dinosauria
Order Ornithischia
Suborder Ornithopoda
Family  ???
Genus Hippodraco
1st Species Hippodraco scutodens
Other attributes
Time Range 126-124 mya
Location United States of America
Name Meaning Horse dragon
Physical Dimensions 4.5 meters long
Dietary Classification Herbivore

Hippodraco is an ornithopod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of the United States of America. It was named in 2010 by Andrew T. McDonald and his crew. It was one of the many iguanodontians (advanced ornithopod dinosaurs) that roamed North America, and was discovered alongside Iguanacolossus.

PhysiologyEdit

Hippodraco was a bipedal ornithopod with a semi-bulky body, long forelimbs, long, muscular hindlimbs, a moderately long tail, and a large head with a small beak in front of its mouth. Its body would have been covered in scaly skin.

DietEdit

Hippodraco was an herbivore, feeding on leaves, horsetails, cycads, and conifers. Its round beak was used to strip leaves off branches, while the many teeth in the back of its mouth would grind together, processing the leaves.

EcologyEdit

So far, all we know about Hippodraco is that it may have been a primarily bipedal, swift-running animal, only going down on all fours when foraging for food.

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