'Dragon king'

4.0m-long euornithopod

Diet: herbivorous

Country: USA

Period: Late Cretaceous, 66 million years ago

Dracorex is a very late pachycephalosaur. Only the skull has been found. It has lost the domed head characteristic of this group and instead has spikes and frills reminiscent of a mythical dragon.

The species name, hogwartsia is derived from the fictional Hogwarts School of JK Rowling's 'Harry Potter' books.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Genasauria, Cerapoda, Marginocephalia, Pachycephalosauria, Goyocephala, Homalocephaloidea, Pachycephalosauridae

Named by: Bakker, Sullivan, Porter, Larson and Saulsbury (2006)

Type species: hogwartsia


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