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Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road
3040 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471

All About Dinosaur Teeth

Dinosaur teeth are among the most plentiful fossil finds, and paleontologists have been able to learn a lot from them. In fact, the discovery of iguanodon teeth in 1822 is said to have been the catalyst of dinosaur study in the Western world. The size and shape of a dinosaur tooth tells scientists what type of animal they are looking at, which order of dinosaur the animal belonged to, and what the animal ate. For example, many herbivores, or vegetation-eating animals, had triangular teeth that were designed for cutting or slicing plant life. Meat-eaters like the tyrannosaurus had teeth that were long, curved, and sharp; one edge of their teeth was typically serrated like a modern steak knife to help the animal tear up meat.

Saurischians

  • They had a “lizard-hipped,” or downward-pointing, pelvic structure.
  • In addition to being “lizard-hipped,” saurischian dinosaurs had grasping hands with asymmetrical fingers, which are used to identify them.
  • sauropods, which have long necks, and theropods, which can be identified by the movable joint centered in their lower jaw.

Sauropods

Theropods

  • Though “theropoda” means “beast-feet,” “bird-like” is a more accurate description of these dinosaurs’ feet.
  • that included huge beasts like the tyrannosaurus.
  • It is widely believed that birds are descendants of theropod dinosaurs.
  • Theropods couldn’t boast a perfect smile, but humans can get one with an Ocala cosmetic dentist.

Ornithischians

Stegosaurids

Hadrosaurs

Iguanodontids

Heterodontosaurus

Ceratopsians

Ankylosaurs

Ornithomimids

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  • Wednesday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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  • Monday
    7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday
    7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday
    7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road

3040 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471

(352) 433-4934