Kukufeldia

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Kukufeldia
Temporal range: Early Cretaceous, 140–136 Ma
Kukufeldia.jpg
Illustration of the type specimen
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Ornithischia
Suborder: Ornithopoda
Clade: Styracosterna
Genus: Kukufeldia
McDonald et al., 2010
Type species
Kukufeldia tilgatensis
McDonald et al., 2010
Holotype in multiple views

Kukufeldia is a genus of iguanodont dinosaur that existed in what is now England during the Early Cretaceous period.[1] Identified from a nearly complete right dentary (NHMUK 28660) found near Cuckfield and originally described in 1848 by Gideon Mantell, it was named by Andrew T. McDonald, Paul M. Barrett, and Sandra D. Chapman in 2010,[1] and the type species is Kukufeldia tilgatensis. It was originally identified as Iguanodon anglicus, but the authors consider this a nomen dubium of which the type specimen BMNH 2392, some teeth found at the same location, is undiagnostic. The generic name refers to Kukufeld ("Cuckoo's Field"), the name of Cuckfield in the eleventh century, and the specific name refers to Tilgate Forest, the name then of the geological layer it was found in. Kukufeldia is within Iguanodontia a member of the Styracosterna.[1]

See also[edit]

Geology of East Sussex

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c McDonald, A.T., Barrett, P.M. and Chapman, S.D. (2010). "A new basal iguanodont (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Wealden (Lower Cretaceous) of England." Zootaxa, 2569: 1–43. PDF