STL Science Center

STL Science Center

05 June 2015

Dwarf Iguanodons

The fluted tooth miniature Iguanodon known as Rhabdodon is a genus with two recognized species, R. priscus Matheron 1869 and R. septimanicus Buffetaut & Le Loeuff, 1991. The animals were discovered in Cretaceous soils of Europe; Spain, France, and Romania more specifically. The French material has not been assigned to either species as yet, but with two species, Rhabdodon is in a minority of dinosaur genera in that it contains multiple species. The lack of lumping of taxa in paleontology means that the French material may belong to either species but may be assigned to a third, if that trend continues. If it does not, then it will not, obviously. Either way, Rhabdodon is a "simple" Iguanodon but is a very interesting dinosaur regardless.

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