Fukuisaurus

Name: Fukuisaurus‭ (‬Fukui lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Foo-kwee-sore-us.
Named By: Kobayashi‭ & ‬Azuma‭ ‬-‭ ‬2003.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Ornithopoda,‭ ‬Iguanodontia,‭ ‬Hadrosauroidea.
Species: F.‭ ‬tetoriensis (type).
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Approximately‭ ‬4.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Japan,‭ ‬Honshu Island,‭ ‬Fukui Prefecture,‭ ‬Kitadani Formation.
Time period: Barremian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Several known specimens of partial remains.‭

       Fukuisaurus was initially only known from partial skull fragments,‭ ‬including a maxilla and jugal from the right hand side of the skull.‭ ‬Further specimens have since been discovered leading to Fukuisaurus being reconstructed with a strong degree of confidence. As an ornithopod,‭ ‬Fukuisaurus is similar to others of the group such as Iguanodon.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬Fukuisaurus does appear to be a more primitive form with a skull that does not support side to side chewing.

Further reading
- A new iguanodontian (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from the Lower Cretaceous Kitadani Formation of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 23(1):166-175. - Y. Kobayashi & Y. Azuma - 2003.





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