was a genus of hypsilophodont dinosaur
from Late Cretaceous North America
age). It was a small herbivore that probably coexisted with dinosaurs such as Daspletosaurus
. It lived in what is now Montana
some 75 million years ago
. The type species, Orodromeus makelai
, was described by Horner and Weishampel in 1988.
It has been speculated that this animal may have burrowed much like its relative Oryctodromeus, based upon the packing of their bones in situations where they typically would have been scattered.
In popular culture
is featured in the third episode of the Discovery Channel
TV series Dinosaur Planet
where it is shown to live in herds and is hunted by a pack of Troodon
- Horner, J. and Weishampel, D., 1988, “A comparative embryological study of two ornithischian dinosaurs”, Nature (London), 332(No. 6161); 256-257 (1988).