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Snarl’s Dino Facts: Edmontonia

Hey, hey, hey there! I hope you’re enjoying Christmas and having fun with your families!I’m sorry that this week’s fact was a little late, but it is Christmas after all! I hope you understand! 🙂
Anyway, today the star of the fact is Edmontonia!Here we go…

Edmontonia which means “From the Edmonton Formation” was an armoured dinosaur, which lived in the Late Cretaceous Period. It is named after the Edmonton Formation, now known as the Horseshoe Canyon Formation, which is the unit of rock it was found in. Edmontonia was discovered in 1924 by George Paterson near Red Deer River in Alberta, Canada. It was named Edmontonia in 1928 by Charles M. Sternberg.

This Dino was one of the last armored dinosaurs to thrive during the Cretaceous Period. It was also one of the largest armored dinosaurs, standing at over 7 meters(23 feet) in length!

The large spikes were probably used between males in contests of strength to defend territory or gain mates.The spikes would also have been useful for intimidating predators or rival males, protection, or for self-defense.Edmontonia might have also crouched down on the ground to protect itself from predators and minimize the possibility of attack to its defenseless underbelly.

Other interesting facts:

#1.The Edmontonia could have died due to drought, dried up, and then rapidly became covered in sediment when the rainy season began.
#2.Fossils of Polacanthus come from the Isle of Wight, southern England, and perhaps from North America, in South Dakota.
#3. Edmontonia lived in North America during the Late Cretaceous Period, 75-70 mya.

I hope you liked this fact!

Merry Christmas!

~Snarl~

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Snarl’s Dino Facts: Psittacosaurus

Hello there Dinos and Visitors of our blog!Today as you might now, Is Saturday and This means…ANOTHER DINO FACTS from yours truly! 😉
This week the Star of the fact is Psittacosaurus, about which you’ll learn more Now!

Psittacosaurus was among the smallest and first of the Ceratopsia or horned dinosaurs. It lived in Asia for almost 30 million years. This is an amazing feet, and is almost a dinosaur record for longevity. Fossils of Psittacosaurus have been found in Mongolia, China, and Thailand. It was named by paleontologist Henry F. Osborn in 1923.

Like many other horned dinosaurs, Psittacosaurus was an agile and fast plant eater, which probably contributed to its long life.Psittacosaurus was from about 2.6 to 6.5 feet (80 cm to 2 m) long and weighed about 50-175 pounds (25-80 kg). They were roughly 4 feet (1.2 m) tall.
The growth lines in Psittacosaurus Mongoliensis bones (similar to studying tree rings to deduce a tree’s age) have led paleontologists to think that it had a life span of at least 10-11 years.

Psittacosaurus lived during the Early – Mid Cretaceous period, about 119-97.5 million years ago.
Psittacosaurus may have also been a herding animal, like some other Ceratopsians and Its intelligence (as measured by its relative brain to body weight, or EQ) was intermediate among the dinosaurs.
Psittacosaurus could walk on two or four legs. Its arms were substantially shorter than its legs. It may have been a fast runner. This was its primary means of escaping predators.

Other Interesting Facts:

#1. Psittacosaurus is pronounced SIT-uh-ko-SAWR-us and means “Parrot Lizard”.
#2.It is also known as Protiguanaodon.
#3.The main territories in which he lived in were probably Thailand, Asia, China and Mongolia

I hope you enjoyed Today’s fact! Stay Tuned for Next week right on 25th December, when I’m Gonna post Two Facts, one of whom will be on a completely new topic!

~Snarl~

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!

~Snarl~