Name: Laquintasaura ‭(‬La Quinta lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Lah-kwin-tah-sor-rah.
Named By: P.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Barrett,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Butler,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Mundil,‭ ‬T.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Scheyer,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Irmis‭ & ‬M.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Sánchez-Villagra‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Ornithopoda.
Species: L.‭ ‬venezuelae‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Roughly estimated to be about‭ ‬1‭ ‬meter long.
Known locations: Venezuela.
Time period: Hettangian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: ‭Partial remains.

       Named in‭ ‬2014,‭ ‬Laquintasaura is officially the first ever dinosaur genus to be named as coming from Venezeula.‭ ‬Laquintasaura was a small plant eating dinosaur,‭ ‬roughly estimated to have been about‭ one‭ ‬meter long.‭ ‬When the first fossils of Laquintasaura were recovered,‭ ‬small theropod dinosaur teeth were discovered near them,‭ ‬hinting at a predator/prey relationship.‭ ‬Later in‭ ‬2014,‭ ‬actual theropod dinosaur bones were found and used to name the genus Tachiraptor.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A palaeoequatorial ornithischian and new constraints on early dinosaur diversification.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Proceedings of the Royal Society B‭ ‬281:20141147-841.‭ ‬-‭ ‬P.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Barrett,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Butler,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Mundil,‭ ‬T.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Scheyer,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Irmis‭ & ‬M.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Sánchez-Villagra‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.


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