Ornithischia

One of the two divisions of Dinosaurs, the other is Saurischia, based on their hip structure. Ornithischia comes from Greek meaning ‘of a bird’ and ‘hip joint’; they are known as the bird hipped dinosaurs (although birds and the dinosaurs they evolved from are Saurischians.

Ornithischians had beaks, and were herbivores; some were bipedal and some were quadrupedal (walking on two or four legs, respectively)

Ceratopsians (Triceratops), stegosaurs (Kentrosaurus), ankylosaurs (Euoplocephalus), hardosaurs (Parasaurolophus), and Iguanodon are some commonly known dinosaurs in this group.

Early education through prehistoric toys : Ornithischia

Lexovisaurus

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Discovered in the 1880s, lexovisaurus was a stegosaur from the Jurassic time period found in what is now France and England.

Wuerhosaurus

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From the Early Cretaceous time period, Wuerhosaurus was one of the last stegosaurians to have existed, most others were from the Jurassic

Kentrosaurus

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A stegosaur from the Late Jurassic time period, Kentrosaurus was discovered in what is now Eastern Africa

Gigantspinosaurus

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Once we discovered stegosaurs had shoulder spikes...we had to find stegosaur toys with shoulder spikes

Zuniceratops

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About the size of a cow, this is one of the earliest and smallest ceratopsids with two small brow horns.

Einiosaurus

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A pachyrhinosaur found in Montana, USA with a narrow and pointed snout and a downward pointing nasal horn

Vagaceratops

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There is some debate around Vagaceratops...is it more closely related to Kosmoceratops or Chasmosaurus, but was named after being discovered quite a distance from them

Nasutoceratops

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A nasutoceratops, the four year old exclaimed as he noticed a car with its wipers up, ready for the snow

Medusaceratops

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One of the oldest chasmosaurines discovered, it's horns resemble the famous gorgon's hair made of snakes!

Triceratops

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Probably the most recognizable dinosaur, this ceratopsian was one of the last non-avian dinosaurs before the mass extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous Time Period.

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Dacentrurus

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A large and heavily protected stegosaur with large spikes protruding from the shoulders as well as down its back and tail. It was originally known as Omasaurus.

Olorotitan

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From the Late Cretaceous in what is now far East Russia, this is the most complete hadrosaur discovered outside of North America.

Gryposaurus

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A hadrosaur formally thought to be Kritosaurus, having a thin and arching nasal hump (sometimes referred to as a 'roman nose'), it also had 1.5 inch high pyramidal scales on it's back.

Gastonia

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A heavily protected nodosaur from the Early Cretaceous, Gastonia had spikes along the tail, sides, and neck. It also had a large bony sacral shield over it's lower back to tail

Pentaceratops

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This was the first dino toy we got after he learned to love playing 'Dinosaurs Battle World Championships', either with people (me and him wrestling as dinos) or us smashing the toys together. I told him he was starting to smash too hard, and they really kind of hurt. I saw him coming in for another smash, so I held this guy, horns out :) #noSmashesSince

Diabloceratops

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A ceratopsian from the late Cretaceous time period in what is now North America. Only two partial skulls have been found, so many characteristics are based on other Ceratopsids. Two large curved horns extending upwards from the frill.

Psittacosaurus

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He was watching Dino Dan (again) and was telling me about the half dinosaur half porcupine...I (we) actually thought they were quills until I started writing this page!

Ankylosaurus

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An armoured dinosaur from found in Western North America from the end of the Late Cretaceous period; one of the last non-avian dinosaurs.

Dracorex

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We first discovered this on Tv show Dino Dan. It was one of the first dinosaurs he knew about before we researched together. I had to ask HIM about it!

Parasaurolophus

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An ornithodod with a large crest probably used for communicating and maybe even thermoregulation. Parasaurolophus lived during the Late Cretaceous time period, in what is now North America.