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Possible new Hypsilophodon species found in Japan
The Kyodo News Service is reporting that the "remains of the skull
of a potentially new plant-eating dinosaur species were unearthed
intact from a rock formation in Shiramine, Ishikawa Prefecture...",
The find "was excavated from a stratum in the Tetori Formation that
dates back 130 million years to the early Cretaceous Period."
"A more important distinguishing factor for the Shiramine discovery is
the difference in the fossilized skull's appearance from specimens
found in other countries, such as Britain or Australia."
"The remains, the left half of a Hypsilophodon skull, measure 10
centimeters from the beak to the back of the skull and 7 cm from
the crown to the jaw."
"From the size of its head, experts believe this particular dinosaur
was 130 cm long -- small considering Hypsilophodon usually
measured 2 to 6 meters long."
"A look at the skull's cross-section reveals rows of 5-millimeter
teeth, whose trapezoidal shape provides the officials and paleontologists
who have seen the specimen one reason to suspect this Hypsilophodon
could have evolved differently from the others."