Lambeosaurus lambei

  • Pronounced:  Lam - bee - o- Saw - rus

  • Diet:  Herbivore (Plant-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Lambe Lizard"

  • Length:  43 feet (13 m)

  • Height:  16 feet (5 m)

  • Weight:  3 tons (2,700 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 77 mya

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Western North America

Lambeosaurus was a large duck-billed, plant-eating hadrosaur that grew a little bigger than most of the meat-eaters of its time. It walked on all four legs much of the time, but it could also stand easily on its hind legs, as they were much larger than its front legs. Like other members of its family, it had a lot of teeth packed into its cheeks - some had over 1,000! It also had a distinctive crest on top of its head that pointed forward and seems to have varied by animal.

Hadrosaurs were among the most common herbivores of the late Cretaceous. Like other hadrosaurs, it had a beak that was covered with a horny sheath. Lambeosaurus was found as early as 1889, but was not recognized until 1924 as a separate genus. All species had a distinctive, hollow hatchet shaped crest - L. lambei also had a short spike that projected back from the crest.

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