Pronounced: eh - Jill - ih - Saw
Diet: Herbivore (Plant-Eater)
Name Means: "Agile Lizard"
Length: 4 feet (1.2 m)
Height: 2 feet (.6 m)
Weight: 30 pounds (13 kilos)
Time: Middle Jurassic - 165 MYA
Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have
been found in China
Agilisaurus was discovered when construction workers uncovered it
while they were digging a basement for a Chinese dinosaur museum!
A small, agile plant-eater, Agilisaurus was very lightly built.
Its long legs could carry it through the Jurassic forests of China
very quickly, giving it the ability to escape from all kinds of
The Agilisaurus type specimen was found while construction crews
were digging the foundation of the Zigong Dinosaur Museum in the
Sichuan Province of China. It was an almost complete skeleton, and
as a result of this discovery, another early Chinese ornithopod was
reclassified to this genus.
This is the most complete ornithopod ever found in China. These
small herbivores eventually evolved into the Iguanodon s and
hadrosaurs of the Cretaceous.