Fun Lycorhinus Facts For Kids

Aashita Dhingra
Jul 27, 2022 By Aashita Dhingra
Originally Published on Apr 05, 2022
Lycorhinus facts tell you more about this extinct genus.

Lycorhinus was a species discovered in Cape Town.

In the '20s, a researcher found partial fossils, including maximalle and teeth. An inspection of the Lycorhinus specimen revealed it to be a new genus of heterodontosaurid.

Lycorhinus was a small-sized dinosaur with a wolf-like snout. Due to multiple specimens, there has been a lot of debate regarding the description of these species.

Paleontologists have named multiple type species of this genus, however, all of them have been renamed except for one - Lycorhinus angustidens. The typical characteristic of a snout as seen by the specimen's fragments led the species to be relegated as a member of the heterodontosaurid family.

Lycorhinus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Lycorhinus'?

The pronunciation of this herbivorous dinosaur goes like 'liek-oh-rien-us'.

What type of dinosaur was a Lycorhinus?

Lycorhinus was a dinosaur in the heterodontosaurid family and ornithischian order.

In which geological period did the Lycorhinus roam the Earth?

Lycorhinus inhabited the Late Triassic age (205-195 million years ago).

When did the Lycorhinus become extinct?

Lycorhinus angustidens probably went extinct 195 million years ago.

Where did Lycorhinus live?

Fossils of these dinosaurs were found from the Elliot Formation in South Africa.

What was the Lycorhinus' habitat?

This ornithischian dinosaur resided in terrestrial habitats.

Who did the Lycorhinus live with?

It is not known if Lycorhinus angustidens lived with groups or alone. We don't know what other dinosaur might have lived with them.

How long did a Lycorhinus live?

The lifespan of this herbivorous dinosaur is not known.

How did they reproduce?

These dinosaurs reproduced by laying eggs. It is not known known they took care of the babies.

Lycorhinus Fun Facts

What did the Lycorhinus look like?

According to its fossils, Lycorhinus angustidens was described as a small dinosaur species. The herbivore had long canines.

Based on its name, Lycorhinus is referred to as having a snout like a wolf. Being a dinosaur from the Ornithischia order, it is likely that the Lycorhinus was bird-hipped. The tooth replacement of the dinosaur was typical with the third tooth getting renewed every cycle.

The fossil material of this species includes teeth and jaws.

How many bones did a Lycorhinus have?

Lycorhinus angustidens fossil representation included partial skulls and teeth.

How did they communicate?

It is unclear how the species communicated with each other and other dinosaurs.

How big was the Lycorhinus?

The size of the Lycorhinus angustidens has been estimated to be around 3.9 ft (1.2 m). They were way shorter than Ilokelesia.

How fast could a Lycorhinus move?

The speed at which this ornithischian dinosaur would have moved has yet to be ascertained.

How much did a Lycorhinus weigh?

The average weight of this small dinosaur remains unknown.

What were the male and female names of the species?

Both male and female were called Lycorhinus.

What would you call a baby Lycorhinus?

The baby will be referred to as a juvenile.

How aggressive were they?

The aggressive nature of this dinosaur has not been described.

Did You Know…

Sidney H. Haughton named and described the type species in 1924.

Lycorhinus translates to wolf snout while angustidens translates to the constricted tooth.

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Written by Aashita Dhingra

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Aashita DhingraBachelors in Business Administration

Based in Lucknow, India, Aashita is a skilled content creator with experience crafting study guides for high school-aged kids. Her education includes a degree in Business Administration from St. Mary's Convent Inter College, which she leverages to bring a unique perspective to her work. Aashita's passion for writing and education is evident in her ability to craft engaging content.

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