Yaverlandia
Temporal range: Valanginian–Barremian
Yaverlandia bitholus.jpg
Skull
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Clade: Maniraptora
Genus: Yaverlandia
Galton, 1971
Species
  • Y. bitholus Galton, 1971 (type)

Yaverlandia is a genus of maniraptoran dinosaur. Known from a partial fossil skull found in Lower Cretaceous strata of the Wessex Formation on the Isle of Wight, it was described as the earliest known member of the pachycephalosaurid family, but recent research by Darren Naish shows it to have actually been a theropod, seemingly a maniraptoran.[1] Yaverlandia was named from where it was found, Yaverland Point/ Yaverland Battery. It was about 3 ft ( 1 m ) in length and 1 ft ( 30 cm ) in height. Its fossils were discovered in 1930, in England.

References

  1. ^ Naish, Darren; Martill, David M. (2008). "Dinosaurs of Great Britain and the role of the Geological Society of London in their discovery: Ornithischia". Journal of the Geological Society, London. 165 (3): 613–623. doi:10.1144/0016-76492007-154.
  • Sullivan, R.M. 2006. A taxonomic review of the Pachycephalosauridae (Dinosauria: Ornithischia). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 35:347-365.
  • BBC: Dinosaurs of The Isle of Wight - Ornithischians