New specimens of the basal ornithischian dinosaur Lesothosaurus diagnosticus Galton, 1978 from the Early Jurassic of South Africa

Barrett, Paul M. and Butler, Richard J. and Yates, Adam M. and Baron, Matthew G. and Choiniere, Jonah N. (2016) New specimens of the basal ornithischian dinosaur Lesothosaurus diagnosticus Galton, 1978 from the Early Jurassic of South Africa. Palaeontologia Africana, 50. ISSN 2410-4418 DOI http://hdl.handle.net/10539/19886

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Abstract

We describe new specimens of the basal ornithischian dinosaur Lesothosaurus diagnosticus Galton, 1978 collected from a bone bed in the Fouriesburg district of the Free State, South Africa. The material was collected from the upper Elliot Formation (Early Jurassic) and represents the remains of at least three different individuals. These individuals are larger in body size than those already known in museum collections and offer additional information on cranial ontogeny in the taxon. Moreover, they are similar in size to the sympatric taxon Stormbergia dangershoeki. The discovery of three individuals at this locality might imply group-living behaviour in this early ornithischian.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 04 - Palaeobiology
Divisions: 04 - Palaeobiology
08 - Green Open Access
Journal or Publication Title: Palaeontologia Africana
Volume: 50
Identification Number: http://hdl.handle.net/10539/19886
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2016 11:39
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:39
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/3587

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