Zephyrosaurus

Name: Zephyrosaurus ‭(‬Westward wind lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Zef-e-ir-sore-us.
Named By: Hans-Dieter Sues‭ ‬-‭ ‬1980.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosuria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Ornithopoda.
Species: Z.‭ ‬schaffi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: 1.8‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Montana,‭ ‬Carbon County-‭ ‬Cloverly Formation.‭ ‬Possibly elsewhere in the US.
Time period: Albian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Based upon a partial skull and post cranial skeleton,‭ ‬including vertebrae and ribs.‭ ‬Further individuals have now been identified and described.

       Zephyrosaurus is considered to be closely related to Orodromeus and possibly also Oryctodromeus based upon the boss-like growths of the cheeks.‭ ‬Zephyrosaurus like these dinosaurs has been speculated to have possibly been a burrowing dinosaur,‭ ‬digging out retreats to which it could hide from the eyes of predators of the time such as Deinonychus.‭ ‬Zephyrosaurus would have been a relatively small ornithopod dinosaur that would have browsed upon low growing vegetation for food.‭ ‬When out foraging Zephyrosaurus would have relied upon speed and agility to try and stay out of the mouths of predators.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Anatomy and relationships of a new hypsilophodontid dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of North America,‭ ‬Hans-Dieter Sues‭ ‬-‭ ‬1980.
-‭ ‬New material of Zephyrosaurus schaffi‭ (‬Dinosauria:Ornithischia‭) ‬from the Cloverly Formation‭ (‬Aptian-Albian‭) ‬of Montana,‭ ‬Martha Kutter‭ ‬-‭ ‬2003.



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