Othnielia was a small herbivorous ornithopod dinosaur that lived 150 to 140 million years ago, in the Late Jurassic. It was discovered in the late 1800s by men working for Othniel Charles Marsh, for whom it was soon named after. Ironically, Othnielia's closest relative, Drinker, was named for Marsh's archrival, Edward Drinker Cope.
Othnelia was seen in the novel version of Jurassic Park. It lives side by side with its relative Dryosaurus in the Hypsilophodon Highlands. Before the InGen Incident, an Othnielosaurus got its neck stuck in between the branches of a tree where it died of suffocation. The park hosted a population of 23 Othnelia.
Othnelia is portrayed as a half-arboreal herbivore, a view about the smaller ornithopods that has recently been disproved. Because the Othys spend so much time in the trees they were impossible to accurately track with the motion sensors. They're always jumping their fences. This explains why there are so much more Othys than expected. The expected population was 16, but there are 23.
Jurassic Park inspired games
- Othnelia appears in Jurassic Park III: Park Builder. It is nr. 75 of the Herbivore Ones