Bactrosaurus

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NameBactrosaurus
Diet
Weight1500 kilos
Length6 meters
Height2 meters
Period
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Bactrosaurus was a genus of herbivorous dinosaurs that lived in the Late Cretaceous about 70 million years ago in what is now eastern China. It was one of the earliest known hadrosaurs to occupy the Cretaceous, making its discovery a significant find. It was a close relative of Lambeosaurus. Charles W. Gilmore named it in 1933 as "Bactrosaurus," meaning "club lizard" in reference to its club-shaped neural spines, which project from some of the animal's vertebrae.

It had three stacked teeth for each visible tooth, small maxillary teeth, and a convincing build for a hadrosaur with an iguanodont-like feature. It was a bipedal dinosaur but could go on all fours when feeding. It was a herbivorous dinosaur that fed on leaves and twigs of larger growth, like today's deer or giraffes. It had club-like neural spines projecting from some of the animal's vertebrae.

Bactrosaurus was estimated to be 6.2 m long and weighed between 1.2 and 3.6 tons.

What did the Bactrosaurus eat?

It was a herbivorous dinosaur that fed on leaves and twigs of larger growth, like today's deer or giraffes.

What does Bactrosaurus mean?

Charles W. Gilmore named it in 1933 as "Bactrosaurus", meaning "club lizard" in reference to its club-shaped neural spines, which project from some of the animal's vertebrae.

When did the Bactrosaurus live?

Bactrosaurus was a genus of herbivorous dinosaurs that lived in the Late Cretaceous about 70 million years ago in what is now eastern China.    

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  • "Bactrosaurus." In: Dodson, Peter & Britt, Brooks & Carpenter, Kenneth & Forster, Catherine A. & Gillette, David D. & Norell, Mark A. & Olshevsky, George & Parrish, J. Michael & Weishampel, David B. The Age of Dinosaurs. Publications International, LTD. p. 131. ISBN 0-7853-0443-6.
  • Palmer, D., ed. (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. p. 146. ISBN 1-84028-152-9. 
  • Gilmore, C.W. (1933). "On the dinosaurian fauna of the Iren Dabasu Formation". American Museum of Natural History, Bulletin 67: 23-78. 
  • Rothschild, B.M.; Tanke, D.H.; Helbling II, M; Martin, L.D. (2003). "Epidemiologic study of tumors in dinosaurs".. Naturwissenschaften 90 (11): 495-500. doi:10.1007/s00114-003-0473-9. Accessed July 25, 2008. 
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Fun Facts

  • Bactrosaurus was a genus of herbivorous dinosaurs that lived in the Late Cretaceous about 70 million years ago in what is now eastern China.
  • It was one of the earliest known hadrosaurs to occupy the Cretaceous, making its discovery a significant find. 
  • Charles W. Gilmore named it in 1933 as "Bactrosaurus", meaning "club lizard".
  • It was a bipedal dinosaur.
  • It was an herbivorous dinosaur.

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