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ORYCTODROMEUS


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FAST FACTS

PERIOD: CRETACEOUS
LENGTH: UP TO 2.1 M
WEIGHT: UP TO 32 KG

How do you say it?

oh-RICK-toe-DROE-mee-us

Discovery:

When:       2006
Where:      Montana
By Who:    David J. Varricchio, Anthony J. Martin, and Yoshihiro Katsura
 

Fun Facts 

Oryctodromeus was the first dinosaur to show evidence of digging and burrowing behavior.

Oryctodromeus had adaptations similar to other running and burrowing animals living today,
like rabbits, aardvarks, and hyenas.


Niches 

How did dinosaurs "make their living"?

An ecological niche is the position that a plant or animal occupies within its ecosystem, or more simply, how an organism behaves and makes its living. 

The more we learn about dinosaurs, the more we realize that dinosaurs occupied nearly every general niche that we find animals occupying today:

Herding plant eaters? - Hadrosaurs
Predators that rely on speed and agility? - Ornithomimus
Flying Dinosaurs? - Modern birds
Pack hunters? - Utahraptor & Velociraptor 
Actively cared for offspring? Maiasaura (meaning good-mother lizard)
Nocturnal Hunter? - Juravenator & Megapnosaurus
Arboreal (living in trees)? - Microraptor
Fish Eaters? - Baryonx

With the recent discovery of Oryctodromeus, we now know that at least one dinosaur lived, and likely raised its young, inside underground burrows, just as many animals do today.