Echinodon was a small bipedal herbivore (plant-eater) that lived
early Cretaceous period
around about 140 million years ago.
of the animal have been found near Swanage in
Echinodon was about 2 feet (60 centimeters) long, and probably weighed around
5 to 10 pounds (2.25 to 4.5 kilograms).
Echinodon was named by
Sir Richard Owen
who incorrectly mistook the animal for the lizard. Today, however we now know
Echindon was a dinosaur, and recent research suggests it is closely related to
The name Echinodon means "hedgehog tooth" and was chosen in reference to
the spines on the animal's teeth.
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