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Extinct Animals

Extinct animals are those species which are no longer living. This group includes prehistoric animals like dinosaurs and ice-age mammals, as well as moden species like the Dodo.

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Goyocephale

The flat-headed Goyocephale was one of the most unusual pachycephalosaurs. It was found by the Joint Polish-Mongolian Paleontological Expeditions to the Gobi Desert is and was named and described in 1982. Learn more about the Goyocephale.

Hadrosaurus

Hadrosaurus ("thick reptile") was the first hadrosaur skeleton to be discovered. It was named and described in 1858 by Joseph Leidy, the father of American paleontology.

Harpymimus

Named after the flying mythical Greek creatures called Harpies that snatched victims with their hands, Harpymimus ("snatcher mimic") is the most primitive ornithomimid known. Learn more about the Harpymimus and other Late Cretaceous dinosaurs.

Homalocephale

As its name ("even head") suggests, Homalocephale had a flat head unlike most pachycephalosaurs. It is known from limited but very good material. The single skull of Homalocephale is missing the front of the snout but is otherwise complete. Learn more about the Homocephale.

Hypacrosaurus

The head of Hypacrosaurus looked much like Corythosaurus. The snout was somewhat ducklike is although the nostrils were in slightly different places. Learn more about the Hypacrosaurus and other Late Cretaceous dinosaurs.

Kritosaurus

Kritosaurus was a large, flat-headed duckbilled dinosaur. It had a ridge of bone between the eyes and the snout that gave it a distinguished "Roman nose" appearance.

Lambeosaurus

Lambeosaurus lived at the end of the Late Cretaceous. It was a hollow-crested hadrosaurid that lived at the same time and in the same places as Corythosaurus and Parasaurolophus. Learn more about the Lambeosaurus and other Late Cretaceous dinosaurs.

Leptoceratops

Leptoceratops, the first known protoceratopsid, was found along the Red Deer River of Alberta, Canada, in 1910. This partial skull and skeleton was named Leptoceratops gracilis.

Maiasaura

Since it was named in 1979 by John Horner and Robert Makela, Maiasaura has become one of the most famous dinosaurs. It has provided information about how it cared for its young and the early development of dinosaurs. Learn more about the Maiasaura.

Nanotyrannus

Known from only a single skull and jaw from Montana and three teeth from South Dakota, Nanotyrannus was first thought to be an Albertosaurus. But it was recently redescribed because it was different in many ways from Albertosaurus.

Opisthocoelicaudia

Discovered by the Joint Polish-Mongolian Paleontological Expedition in 1965, the sauropod Opisthocoelicaudia is known from a skeleton with nearly all the bones of the body except the neck and head. Learn more about the Opisthocoelicaudia.

Ornithomimus

The Ornithomimus has been found mainly in the Late Cretaceous Judith River and Horseshoe Canyon Formations of Alberta, but less-complete specimens have been found in the western United States as well. Learn more about the Ornithomimus.

Orodromeus

Orodromeus is a recently discovered dinosaur and one of the most spectacular. Orodromeus (the name means 'mountain runner') was only about 6 1/2 feet long as an adult. Learn more about the Orodromeus and other Late Cretaceous dinosaurs.

Oviraptor

The first specimen of Oviraptor was discovered by the American Museum of Natural History expedition to Asia in 1923. It was found in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia.

Pachycephalosaurus

The largest pachycephalosaur was Pachycephalosaurus. First found in rocks of Late Cretaceous age in Montana, Pachycephalosaurus was named and described by Barnum Brown and Eric Schlaikjer. Learn more about the Pachycephalosaurus.

Pachyrhinosaurus

Pachyrhinosaurus was probably the most unusual and distinctive ceratopsid. It did not have brow or nasal horns; instead it had a thick, bumpy, spongy pad of bone along the upper surface of its flattened face. Learn more about the Pachyrhinosaurus.

Panoplosaurus

Panoplosaurus is known only from two partial skeletons, one of which preserves some of the armor the way it was in life. This skeleton shows that Panoplosaurus was unusual among nodosaurids because it did not have spikes on the sides of its neck.

Parasaurolophus

Parasaurolophus was an interesting-looking dinosaur. While it looked normal from the neck down, it looked almost as if it had a trombone on its head. And in a way, it did.

Parksosaurus

Not many fossils of Parksosaurus have been found. It is known only from a single skeleton and poorly preserved skull from the southern part of Alberta. Learn about Parksosaurus, Late Cretaceous dinosaurs and dinosaurs of all eras.

Pentaceratops

Known only from the Late Cretaceous of northwestern New Mexico, Pentaceratops had one large horn on its snout is a pair of large horns above its eyes is and a pair of much smaller false horns in the cheek region. Its name means "five-horned face." The horns were actually bone.

Pinacosaurus

Pinacosaurus was one of the first armored dinosaurs found in Asia. An expedition from the American Museum of Natural History went to Mongolia to search for traces of early man; instead they found dinosaur eggs and skeletons.

Prenocephale

An almost complete skull and most of the skeleton were found for Prenocephale. It was collected during the Joint Polish-Mongolian Expeditions to the Gobi Desert. The animal was named and described in 1974.

Prosaurolophus

Prosaurolophus was a common duckbilled dinosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous in North America. It was discovered, named is and described by Barnum Brown of the American Museum of Natural History in 1916.

Protoceratops

Protoceratops andrewsi was discovered in Mongolia in 1922 by an expedition from the American Museum of Natural History led by Roy Chapman Andrews. Its genus name means "first-horned face," and its species name was in honor of the expedition's leader.

Saichania

Saichania was described from a partial skeleton with the armor preserved the way it was when the animal was alive. Learn more about the Saichania and other Late Cretaceous dinosaurs.

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