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Lesothosaurus
Temporal range: Lower Jurassic
199–189 mya
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Ornithischia
Genus: Lesothosaurus
Lesothosaurus diagnosticus
Notice the skull shape is different from the artist's impression

Lesothosaurus was a small, early, lightly-built dinosaur. It was an herbivore (plant-eater) and a fast, agile runner. It was small and lizard-like, about 3 feet (1 m) long. It walked on two long legs, had four-toed feet, five-fingered hands, short arms, a long pointed tail, a flexible neck, and a small head. Its head was short and flat with large eyes. It had sharp, pointed front teeth and arrow-like cheek teeth, but its lower jaw ended in toothless bone.

The place of this species within the Ornithischia is controversial. It is probably an ornithopod.

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