Hanssuesia

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Hanssuesia
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 77.5–75Ma
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Computed tomography images of specimen TMP 79.14.853, showing lesions
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Ornithischia
Family: Pachycephalosauridae
Genus: Hanssuesia
Sullivan, 2003
Type species
Troodon sternbergi
Brown & Schlaikjer, 1943
Species

Hanssuesia sternbergi
(Brown & Schlaikjer, 1943)

Synonyms

Troodon sternbergi
Brown & Schlaikjer, 1943
Stegoceras sternbergi
(Brown & Schlaikjer, 1943)

Hanssuesia is a genus of pachycephalosaurid dinosaurs from the late Cretaceous period. It lived in what is now Alberta and Montana, which contains the single species Hanssuesia sternbergi.

Hanssuesia based on material originally named Troodon sternbergi by Barnum Brown and Erich Maren Schlaikjer in 1943. Later, it was transferred to Stegoceras as S. sternbergi by Williamson and Carr, 2002 and by Ryan and Evans, 2005. The genus was first named by Robert M. Sullivan in 2003 and the type species is Hanssuesia sternbergi. H. sternbergi is known from 7 specimens (mainly from frontoparietals) which were collected from two formations of the Belly River Group of Alberta, Canada, the Dinosaur Park Formation (late Campanian, 76.5–75 ma) in the Dinosaur Provincial Park, and the Oldman Formation (middle Campanian, 77.5-76.5 ma), as well as from the upper Judith River Formation of Montana, USA (late Campanian, 76–75 ma).[1]

Like other pachycephalosaurs, Hanssuesia had a thick skull roof. However, Hanssuesia is distinguished from other pachycephalosaurs by having a depressed parietal region, wide frontoparietal dome, broad nasal characteristics, reduced prefontal lobes, and a reduced parietosquamosal shelf.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Robert M. Sullivan (2003). "Revision of the dinosaur Stegoceras Lambe (Ornithischia, Pachycephalosauridae)". Journal Of Vertebrate Paleontology 23 (1): 181–207. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2003)23[181:rotdsl]2.0.co;2. 
  • Sullivan, RM. (2003). "Hanssuesia, the correct generic name for 'Hanssuessia' Sullivan, 2003". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 23(3):714