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Zalmoxes (Mariana Ruiz)


Zalmoxes (named after an ancient European deity); pronounced zal-MOCK-sees


Woodlands of central Europe

Historical Period:

Late Cretaceous (70-65 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 10 feet long and 500 pounds



Distinguishing Characteristics:

Narrow beak; slightly pointed skull

About Zalmoxes:

As if it weren't already difficult enough to classify ornithopod dinosaurs, the discovery of Zalmoxes in Romania has provided evidence for yet another sub-category of this family, known tongue-twistingly as rhabdodontid iguanodonts (implying that Zalmoxes' closest relatives in the dinosaur family included both Rhabdodon and Iguanodon). As of now, not much is known about this Romanian dinosaur, a situation that should change as its fossils are subjected to further analysis.

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