Hyperodapedon

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Hyperodapedon

 

This rhynchosaur was one of the most common herbivores of the late Triassic. Its bones constitute the principal terrestrial fossils of the period in Brazil. Many other genera, including Scaphortyx and Paradapedoti are so similar that they are now regarded as being the same genus. The name alludes to the structure of the jaws. The hind limbs were adapted for scratching in the soil and so it is probable that Hyperodapedon fed on the roots and underground shoots of the seed ferns. Animatronic Dinosaur

 

Hyperodapedon

 

Features: This is the typical rhynchosaur, with its barrel­shaped body and its broad head. The jaws narrow to a beak. There are two broad plates of teeth on the upper jaw consisting of several tooth rows. There is a groove down the middle of each. This groove accommodates the tooth row of the lower !aw, producing a powerful chopping and crushing action. The front of the mouth bears a pointed beak.

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