Pronounced: oth - Neel -
ee - uh
Name Means: "Othniel"
Length: 3 ft. (1 m)
Height: 1 ft. (30 cm)
Time: Late Jurassic - 145
Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in North America
Othnielia was a little plant-eater that was named after one of the most important men in the study and collection of dinosaurs, Othniel C. Marsh. Othnielia was discovered in 1877 by Marsh himself, but he named it incorrectly. It was exactly 100 years later, in 1977, that the dinosaur was given its new name.
There is still disagreement over the assignment of this
dinosaur. Despite having a great deal of fossil material,
its relation to the
Hypsilophodon s is questioned. Dr. Bakker and
others have suggested that it should not be considered a
member of this primitive family because it is too advanced.