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When I was a small child, there was a show on television called Walking with Dinosaurs. Although as a small child it could be quite scary, it was fascinating to learn all about the dinosaurs that walked the Earth before us.
So, for today’s post, with it being Dinosaur week, I thought it was logical to discuss the different breeds of Dinosaur that were included in this movie.
Be right back, getting my Ross Gellar hat on.
The Iguanadon was one of the first dinosaurs to ever be discovered. It is believed to have lived in the early Cretaceous period, about 110-140 million years ago. Iguanodon’s could grow to a length of 33 feet and could be up to 9 feet on all fours. If it stood on it’s hind legs, it could reach 16 feet tall. It could move on both all fours or just it’s hind legs.
The Iguanodon had five fingers on each hand. The three middle fingers had hoof-like claws to aid with walking. Another finger could be pulled in towards the palm and helped the dinosaur to grasp. A fifth finger was a sharp, spiked thumb that would be used for defence.
Iguanodons were plant eaters. It’s believed they held their head close to the ground and their tale high in the air in order to aid with their balance.
Velociraptors lived in the Cretaceous period of Mongolia in Asia approximately 75 to 71 million years ago. It is believed that Velociraptors were no bigger than a domestic turkey and also had large feathers on their forelimbs. It’s thought these were for display only.
Velociraptors had three strongly curved claws. The second digit was the longest whilst the first was the shortest. Velociraptors were predators. This is believed due to the discovery of a Velociraptor fossil fighting a Proceratops.
The Braciosaurus lived 155-145 million years ago during the Late Jurassic period of North America. The Braciosaurus had a disproportionately long neck, small skull and large overall size which is typical of sauropods. Sauropod dinosaurs are cloe to 100 tonnes in weight, which is ten times the record weight of a modern elephant.
Braciosaurus were herbivores and usually travelled in herds to wherever they needed to be.
The Styracosaurus was a herbivorous certopsin dinosaur from the Cretaceous period. They lived about 75.5 to 75 million years ago. The Styracosaurus had a single horn on it’s snout and at least eight horns on its neck frill. This dinosaur is thought to have been approximately 5.5 meters long and weighed about 2.7 tonnes.
The Styracosaurus were a herbivorous breed who probably fed on low growth due to the positioning of their head. They may have been able to knock down taller plants and such with their horns.
The Ankylosaurus lived during the end of the Cretaceous period of North America, between 68 and 66 million years ago. They were heavily armoured dinosaurs with protective pates all over their heads and shoulders. Some species took their protection to extremes and even had armoured eyelids. Spikes and protrusions were common in a bid to deter predators from taking a bite. Some breeds of Ankylosaurs had a heavy club at the end of their tale for weilding as a weapon. To carry the weight of all this heavy armour, the Ankylousaurus had very short, stout legs.
Ankylosaurs were a very large animal by modern standards with the largest specimen reaching an estimated 20.5 feet long, 4.9 feet wide and 5.6 feet tall. The Ankylosaurs were a herbivorous breed.
The Carnotaurus lived during the Late Cretaceous period of South America, 72 to 69.9 million years ago. The Carnotaurs were the top predators of their time and ruled the southern hemisphere.
Skulls have been found of these dinosaurs which have bony crests and horns above the eyes. The forelimbs were short and may not have been used. Canrotaurus was a lightly built predator measuring up to almost 30 feet in height.
The Pterandon is a species of the Pterosaur from the Late Cretaceous period of North America. As mentioned, they are Pterosaurs and not dinosaurs. They were the first vertebrates to evolve powered flight. the evidence for flight comes from their light hollow bones, large brains and extremely long fourth digit, providing wing support.
Species of Pterandon ranged from the size of sparrows to the largest known flying creature of all time with a 12 metre wing span.
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