Trimucrodon

Name: Trimucrodon ‭(‬Three pointed tooth‭)‬.
Phonetic: Tri-mu-kro-don.
Named By: R.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Thulborn‭ ‬-‭ ‬1975.
Synonyms: Trimurodon cuneatus.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia.
Species: T.‭ ‬cuneatus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unknown due to lack of remains.
Known locations: Portugal‭ ‬-‭ ‬Camadas de Alcobaça Formation/Alcobaça Formation.
Time period: Oxfordian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Teeth.

       Originally uncovered during the‭ ‬1960s,‭ ‬the holotype teeth of Trimucrodon were originally thought to be from a small mammal.‭ ‬In‭ ‬1973‭ ‬however Richard Thulborn recognised that the teeth were actually from a small dinosaur,‭ ‬though his paper describing them and naming the genus did not actually get formally published until‭ ‬1975.‭ ‬Today Trimucrodon exists as a tooth taxon,‭ ‬as well as a dubious genus given that the teeth of Trimucrodon are fairly unremarkable when compared to other dinosaurs.‭ ‬All that can be said about Trimucrodon is that the teeth would have come from a small ornithischian dinosaur,‭ ‬and would therefore likely be a plant eater.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Teeth of ornithischian dinosaurs from the Upper Jurassic of Portugal,‭ ‬with description of a hypsilophodontid‭ (‬Phyllodon henkeli gen.‭ ‬et sp.‭ ‬nov.‭) ‬from the Guimarota lignite.‭ ‬Contribuição para o conhecimento da Fauna do Kimerridgiano da Mina de Lignito Guimarota‭ (‬Leiria,‭ ‬Portugal‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Serviços Geológicos de Portugal,‭ ‬Memória‭ (‬Nova Série‭) ‬22:89-134.‭ ‬-‭ ‬R.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Thulborn‭ ‬-‭ ‬1975.



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