Zalmoxes (named after an ancient European deity); pronounced zal-MOCK-sees
Woodlands of central Europe
Late Cretaceous (70-65 million years ago)
Size and Weight:
About 10 feet long and 500 pounds
Narrow beak; slightly pointed skull
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.