Name Gasparinisaura
Order Ornithischia
Suborder Cerapoda
Class Sauropsida
Name Translation Gasparini's Lizard
Period Mid-Late Cretaceous (90-83 million years ago)
Location Argentina
Diet Plants
Size 80cm long and 30 cm tall

Gasparinisaura is the name of a genus of dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous. Its fossils were first found in Argentina. The type species, Gasparinisaura cincosaltensis, was described in 1996 by Rodolfo Coria and Leonardo Salgado. Originally classified as an iguanodont, recent research indicates it was a hypsilophodont; in any case, it was an ornithopod.

Gasparinisaura, a small member of the family of dinosaurs that included Iguanodon, was discovered in Argentina. Not very much of this dinosaur has been found, so scientists still aren’t sure what it looked like. Members of this family are among the most common of all dinosaurs found, and its discovery in South America shows that the family spread through the entire Mesozoic world. It has also been suggested that Gasparinisaura may have had feathers.

In popular culture

  • Gasparinisaura appeared on the Dinosaur Train as a illustration.
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