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Stenopelix

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Name:

Stenopelix (Greek for "narrow pelvis"); pronounced STEN-oh-PELL-ix

Habitat:

Woodlands of western Europe

Historical Period:

Early Cretaceous (125-120 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 5 feet long and 50-75 pounds

Diet:

Plants

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Small size; bipedal posture; blunt snout

 

About Stenopelix:

Stenopelix is one of the innumerable dinosaurs of the early Cretaceous period that have been reconstructed from fragmentary remains, and as such, paleontologists aren't quite sure what to make of it. The preponderance of opinion has been to classify it as a pachycephalosaur ("thick-headed lizard")--not because of the thickness of its skull, but because of the characteristic shape of its pelvis--but some experts think Stenopelix may have been an ornithopod, and others insist the remains don't add up to any convincing genus at all!

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