Fun Gideonmantellia Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Mar 28, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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Gideonmantellia facts talk about a genus of basal ornithopod dinosaur.

Gideonmantellia is a genus of dinosaurs found in Spain. The genus only has a single species called Gideonmantellia amosanjuanae and was first recognized as a separate taxon by José Ignacio Ruiz-Omeñaca in the mid '90s.

Gideonmantellia Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Gideonmantellia'?

This new basal Ornithopod dinosaur can be pronounced as 'Gi-dee-on-man-tell-yea'!

What type of dinosaur was a Gideonmantellia?

The earlier classification had assumed that Gideonmantellia was part of the Hypsilophodontidae family. That's why they were named after Gideon Mantell and his contributions to naming the family. However, re-examination has put an end to that classification.

In which geological period did the Gideonmantellia roam the Earth?

Gideonmantellia roamed around the world in the Barremian stage of the Early Cretaceous period.

When did Gideonmantellia become Extinct?

From the current remains, it is very difficult to estimate when these dinosaurs went Extinct.

Where did Gideonmantellia live?

The fossils of this new basal ornithopod dinosaur were actually discovered in the Camarillas Formation of Spain. This locality actually had a lot of rivers running through them which had prehistoric fish and other marine creatures.

What was the Gideonmantellia's habitat?

Based on the locality where the fossils were discovered, these dinosaurs lived in a terrestrial habitat. Yet, there have been thoughts within the paleontology community that explore the fact they might have had an affinity towards marine habitats.

Who did the Gideonmantellia live with?

Unfortunately, this information couldn't be derived from the fossils discovered.

How long did a Gideonmantellia live?

The search for the lifespan of these dinosaurs must come to a halt as there is not enough evidence to calculate it.

How did they reproduce?

Like most dinosaurs, Gideonmantellia is assumed to have been oviparous.

Gideonmantellia Fun Facts

What did the Gideonmantellia look like?

Gideonmantellia were supposedly bipedal, with shorter forelimbs and a slightly longish tail. They may also have had protofeathers on them and were perhaps not slimy.

Paleontologist Jos\u00e9 Ignacio Ruiz-Ome\u00f1aca first described the species.

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How many bones did a Gideonmantellia have?

From the fossils discovered, it isn't possible to estimate how many bones they had.

How did they communicate?

Gideonmantellia probably communicated through sounds and gestures.

How big was the Gideonmantellia?

There are estimations that Gideonmantellia was around 6.5 ft (2 m) long, which was around three times longer than Shuvuuia.

How fast could a Gideonmantellia move?

Due to their small size, they must have moved fast.

How much did a Gideonmantellia weigh?

There is no weight estimation available at the moment.

What were the male and female names of the species?

These dinosaurs had no distinct male and female names.

What would you call a baby Gideonmantellia?

A baby Gideonmantellia would probably be called a juvenile or a hatchling.

How aggressive were they?

It is not known how aggressive these creatures were or if they had a tendency to bite.

Did You Know…

The juvenile holotype specimen of the species had 21 neural arch fragments, 33 vertebrae, rib fragments, the left pelvis, both hindlimbs, and other parts. No skull or teeth were found.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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