Shantungosaurus giganteus

  • Pronounced:  shan - Toon - go -Saw-rus

  • Diet:  Herbivore (plant eater)

  • Name Means:  "Shantung Lizard"

  • Length:  50 feet (15 m)

  • Height:  20 feet (6 m)

  • Weight:  8 tons (7,300 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 80 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Asia

This was the largest of the plant-eating, duck-billed dinosaurs - bigger even than T. rex! It was longer and taller than a house! Imagine a herd of these huge creatures crossing the Cretaceous plains in search of food; it would have been an impressive sight. Like the other duck-billed dinosaurs, it had hundreds of teeth packed closely together to form what is called a dental battery. These were used to grind tough plant fiber into mushy pulp.

There is still some debate that Shantungosaurus is a large Edmontosaurus  It is the largest hadrosaurid yet found, discovered fairly recently in 1964. More than 30 tons of material was collected, representing five individual specimens, which lent support to the theory that these animals lived in herds. The mounted specimen on display utilized bones from all five individuals. Currently, scientists are in the process re-describing this specimen.

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