Moreno Hill Formation

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Moreno Hill Formation
Stratigraphic range: Late Cretaceous
Type Geological formation
Region North America

The Moreno Hill Formation is a geological formation in New Mexico whose strata date back to the Late Cretaceous. Dinosaur remains are among the fossils that have been recovered from the formation.[1]

Vertebrate paleofauna[edit]


Dinosaurs of the Moreno Hill Formation
Taxa Presence Description Images


A nicknamed tyrannosaur from Planet Dinosaur.[2]

A skeleton of the unnamed tyrannosaur


  1. J. rugoculus

A basal hadrosauromorph.[3]


  1. N. mckinleyi

A therizinosaur.[4] "Teeth, fragmentary skull bones, cervical and other vertebrae, scapula, partial forelimb and hindlimb."[5]


  1. Z. christopheri

A ceratopsian.[6] "Partial cranial and postcranial materials of five individuals."[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Weishampel, David B; et al. (2004). "Dinosaur distribution (Late Cretaceous, North America)." In: Weishampel, David B.; Dodson, Peter; and Osmólska, Halszka (eds.): The Dinosauria, 2nd, Berkeley: University of California Press. Pp. 574-588. ISBN 0-520-24209-2.
  2. ^ Denton, R., Ranson, W.V., Nesbitt, S., Wolfe, D.G., and Holtz, T. (2004). "A new small theropod dinosaur from the Moreno Hill Formation (Turonian, Upper Cretaceous) of New Mexico." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 24(sup. 3): 52A.
  3. ^ McDonald, A.T., Wolfe, D.G., and Kirkland, J.I. (2006). "On a hadrosauromorph (Dinosauria: Onithopoda) from the Moreno Hill Formation (Cretaceous, Turonian) of New Mexico." Pp. 277-280 in Lucas, S.G. and Sullivan, R.M. (eds.), Late Cretaceous vertebrates from the Western Interior. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin, 35.
  4. ^ Kirkland, J.I., and Wolfe, D.G. (2001). "First definitive therizinosaurid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from North America." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 21(3): 410-414.
  5. ^ "Table 7.1," in Weishampel, et al. (2004). Page 152.
  6. ^ Wolfe, D.G. and Kirkland, J.I. (1998). "Zuniceratops christopheri n. gen. & n. sp., a ceratopsian dinosaur from the Moreno Hill Formation (Cretaceous, Turonian) of west-central New Mexico." Pp. 303-317 in Lucas, S.G., Kirkland, J.I., Estep, J.W. (eds.), Lower and Middle Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystems: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin, 14.
  7. ^ "Table 22.1," in Weishampel, et al. (2004). Page 480.