Ouranosaurus nigeriensis

  • Pronounced:  Or - an - o - Sore - us

  • Diet:  Herbivore (Plant-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Valiant Lizard"

  • Length:  23 feet (7 m)

  • Height:  10 feet (3 m)

  • Weight:  3 tons (2,700 kilos)

  • Time:  Early Cretaceous - 110 mya

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Africa

Ouranosaurus was a cousin to the better known Iguanodon  There was one big difference between the two, however, in the way that these dinosaurs looked. Ouranosaurus had long spines along its back, some up to two feet long. These probably supported a fin that ran all the way down its tail, almost to the tip.

A nearly complete skeleton of Ouranosaurus was discovered in Niger in 1976, providing an excellent look at this unique African dinosaur. Other than its long neural spines, it had similar characteristics to other Iguanodon  ids - thumb spikes, beak, etc.

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