STL Science Center

STL Science Center

10 June 2015

Cretaceous Bovine Anatomy

Rhabdodon and other members of the Iguanodon family have rather basic and schematic anatomy. One iguanodontid looks quite a bit like the next member of the family and so on down the line, for the most part. That is, of course, an ugly blanket statement when anatomy and morphology are considered. Rhabdodon was a smaller member of the tree and, as such, the anatomy of the animal was much like that of its larger cousins, but scaled down a bit. The lack of soft tissues makes it difficult to determine if any of the missing organ systems were different or if they were, like the skeleton, a slightly different but mostly scaled down version of its cousins.

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