SAUROLOPHUS

Pronounced

“SAWR-OL-o-fus”

 

Meaning

‘crested lizard’ 

 

Habitat

Warm, moist climatic conditions in lowland areas.

Character

Found in North America and China, this duck-billed dinosaur had a bony spike projecting from the back of its head. It was first discovered in 1911 by Barnum Brown at Red Deer River in Alberta, Canada. Saurolophus was a duck billed dinosaur that was approximately 13 metres long, 4.5 metres tall and weighed around 3 tonnes. Saurolophus also had a large flap of skin on its head that it could inflate. If this was indeed the case, then this flap was probably brightly coloured and its purpose would have been to attract a mate. Saurolophus probably travelled in herds. This would have given individual members of the herd protection from predators. Height 5.2 metres and length 10 metres.

Diet

Herbivore. It had hundreds of cheek teeth which it used to grind up its primary food source such as conifers and ferns.

TIME PERIOD

Late Cretaceous (circa 70million years ago)

 

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