Snarl’s Dino Facts: Alxasaurus
Hey,hey there! Snarl here with the First Fact at webo Gang…From now on I will be posting one every week on Saturday! I hope you like them.This week, and a couple of more weeks in the future, I will feature some not so well-known dinos as this week’s Alxasaurus.
Alxasaurus coming from Greek, meaning”Alxa desert lizard” and pronounced ALK-sah-SORE-us, lived in the Middle Cretaceous (110-100 million years ago).
It is a genus of Therizinosauroid Theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Period of Inner Mongolia. It is one of the earliest known members of the super-family Therizinosauroidea, but it still possessed the body shape – including the long neck, short tail, and long hand claws – of later Therizinosauroids.
Like other members of this group, it was a bipedal herbivore with a large gut to process plant material. Several specimens are known and the largest was a little over 12 feet (3.8 m) long.
This dinosaur was first described and named by Canadian paleontologist Dale Russell and his Chinese colleague, Dong Zhiming, in a paper published in 1993.
Five Alxasaurus skeletons were recovered from the Bayin Gobi Formation of Inner Mongolia, which dates to the Albian stage of the Early Cretaceous Period, or about 112 to 100 million years ago. The holotype, which is considered to exemplify the genus and species, is the largest and most complete of the five, consisting of the mandible (lower jaw) and some teeth, as well as many limb bones, ribs, and vertebrae, including all five sacral (hip) vertebrae and the first nineteen tail vertebrae. Together the skeletons represent most of the bones in the body aside from the skull.
Other Interesting Facts:
#1.It was a mostly Bipedal Herbivore.
#2. While exhibiting many typical Therizinosaur features in overall body shape and in the teeth, the skeleton of Alxasaurus also shows several features present in more typical Theropods, and the discovery of this animal provided significant evidence that Therizinosaurs were aberrant therapists.
#3. . Alxasaurus is now thought to occupy a position between the early Beipiaosaurus and later Therizinosaurs such as Erlikosaurus, Segnosaurus, and Therizinosaurus itself.
It was actually really hard finding some good pics of this guy here…I did my best and I hope you like it!