|“||This is Hypsilophodon, cute little Cretaceous dinosaurs.||„|
|— Korrina, about Hypsilophodon|
Hypsilophodon (name meaning "Hypsilophus-tooth") is a genus of ornithischian dinosaur that originated during the Early Cretaceous period in what is now Europe. A small, herbivorous ornithopod, this dinosaur was a gentle and friendly little creature.
In the episode "Clash of the Titans", while following the Ornithocheirus to Europe, several Hysilophodon were brought back to the park from Early Cretaceous Europe 127 million years ago. They reside in the Ornithopod paddock.
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Hypsilophodon lived in England during the Early Cretaceous period, around 130 million years ago. The first remains of Hypsilophodon were recovered in the early days of paleontology in 1849 when workers on the Isle of Wight dug up the so-called Mantell-Bowerbank block.
Hypsilophodon was a relatively small dinosaur, around 3 feet (1 m) tall, 7.5 feet (2.3 m) long, and weighing 20 kilograms (45 pounds). They were green in color with white stripes.
Due to its small size, Hypsilophodon was a very fast and agile dinosaur. It had a pointed head equipped with a sharp beak used to bite off plant material, much like modern day parrots.
Behavior & TraitsEdit
Like all members of its family, Hypsilophodon lived in large groups. When the herd was eating, one adult would serve as the look out. Additionally, to survive, they would often travel with larger and more protected dinosaurs, such as the ankylosaur Polacanthus and their larger cousin; the Iguanodon.
- The sound effects of Hypsilophodon are identical to Dryosaurus but also have higher pitched altered horse sounds as well.