Saichania chulsanensis

  • Pronounced:  sye - Chan - ee - uh

  • Diet:  Herbivore (plant-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Beautiful"

  • Length:  23 ft. (7 meters)

  • Height:  6 ft. (2 meters)

  • Weight:  2 tons (1,800 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 80 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Asia

Saichania was a large, armored dinosaur that lived in Asia. It was a member of the same family as Ankylosaurus and had a thick, heavy, bony club on the end of its tail. This would have made a fierce weapon against any attacker. Armored dinosaurs ate low-growing plants and probably lived in small groups. The head, neck, back, and tail of Saichania were covered with thick, bony plates called scutes. Some of these had short spikes pointing upwards which would have made it very difficult to attack this animal from above. With its tail club and scutes, it would have been almost impossible for any predator to attack an adult Saichania. Armored dinosaurs almost identical to these can be seen briefly in Jurassic Park 3.

Saichania was found as a fairly complete skeleton and it shows some unusual traits. Unlike any other known dinosaur or reptile, it had a nasal cavity that was divided into right and left sides. The fossil of Saichania also has clearly developed turbinates, a bony circular tube found in mammals and other warm-blooded animals used to warm the air breathed in through the nose. This is evidence that this dinosaur was warm-blooded. Turbinates have also been found in T. rex.

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