Hypsilophodontids are a group (family) of small Ornithopod Dinosaurs. The group is named after the genus Hypsilophodon. Which dinosaurs belonged to this group has been a subject of debate for a long time. This debate has influence on which dinosaurs appear in the Jurassic Park novels
More real-life information: Hypsilophodont.
A group called Hypsilophodontids appears in both novels. It is unclear what dinosaur species belonged to this group.
In the chapter Control a list of all dinosaurs in the park appears. One of them is Hypsilophodontids These animals are first seen during the Park Drive in the Hypsilophodont Highlands. There were 34 of them on Isla Nublar at the beginning of the novel, but their numbers were greatly reduced to 14 when the park reached equilibrium. It was probably in the same paddock as the Othnielia, given how much they were alike. It was a small bipedal animal with a herbivorous or possibly omnivorous diet. These dinosaurs are incorrectly depicted as being tree-dwellers (similar to the first restorations of this dinosaur); in real life they were perfectly adapted for fast running in the open. It has not been confirmed that it is even portrayed this way in-canon, but since Tim identifies a green dinosaur in a tree as an Othnielia, and Othnielia are later revealed to be similar in colour to the striped raptors, it can be assumed this was a misidentified Hypsilophodon.
The logic conclusion would be that these animals are Hypsilophodons. The fact that the animal count screen is using the generic term for a specific species is hardly unusual considering its use of "Pterosaurs" instead of "Cearadactylus". However, there is indications that other species than Hypsilophodon belonged to this group.
During the Park Drive this information is given:
Hypsilophodontids are the gazelles of the dinosaur world: small, quick animals that once roamed everywhere in the world, from England to Central Asia to North America.
Hypsilophodons are never found outside Europe.
In the harsh quartz lights, the hypsilophodont's green head hung down out of the sling, the tongue dangling, the eyes dull. ... The hypsy was a small dryosaur, seven feet long, weighing about five hundred pounds.
This is the only time that a specific genus of this group is mentioned. This can either mean that Dryosaurus was the only hypsilophodontid dinosaur in the park, or that the group contained also species like Hypsilophodon, Orodromeus and Tenontosaurus.
Interestingly enough, an actual member of the Hypsilophodon genus does appear in Crichton's second novel, The Lost World, specifically on pg. 176.
- ↑ Phylogeny of the bird-hipped dinosaurs (Order Ornithischia). Sereno, P. C. 1986. National Geography Research 2:234–256.
- ↑ JOHN R. HORNER, ARMAND DE RICQLE` S, KEVIN PADIAN, and RODNEY D. SCHEETZ; COMPARATIVE LONG BONE HISTOLOGY AND GROWTH OF THE “HYPSILOPHODONTID” DINOSAURS ORODROMEUS MAKELAI, DRYOSAURUS ALTUS, AND TENONTOSAURUS TILLETTII (ORNITHISCHIA: EUORNITHOPODA); Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29(3):734–747, September 2009.
- ↑ Peter M Galton, James A Jensen; Small bones of the hypsilophodontid dinosaur dryosaurus altus from the upper jurassic of colorado; Great Basin Naturalist (1973)Volume: 33, Issue: 2, Pages: 129-132.
- ↑ J D Shepherd, Peter M Galton, J A Jensen; Additional specimens of the hypsilophodontid dinosaur Dryosaurus altus from the Upper Jurassic of western North America; Brigham Young University Geology Studies (1977)Volume: 24, Issue: 2, Pages: 11-15.
- ↑ Jurassic Park (novel), Control, page 129 (Novel bundle)
- ↑ Jurassic Park (novel), The Park, page 245 (Novel bundle).