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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

What kind of animal is Camptosaurus?

Camptosaurus was a type of plant-eating dinosaur that lived in the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous periods.
It had a beaked mouth and broad feet with four toes.
It could walk on two legs or four legs, depending on the situation.


What is the animal Camptosaurus known for?

Camptosaurus was a genus of plant-eating dinosaurs that lived in the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous periods.

It was related to Iguanodon and had a beaked mouth, strong hind legs, and a flexible back.

It could walk on either two or four legs, depending on the situation.

It was one of the first dinosaurs to have a blocky wrist that allowed it to use its hands for grasping vegetation.

It was about 6 meters long and weighed about 1000 kilograms.

It is known from fossils found in western North America and possibly also Europe.

Some interesting facts are:
  • Camptosaurus was named by Othniel Charles Marsh in 1885, after he realized that his original name, Camptonotus, was already used for a cricket.

  • Camptosaurus had a low, long, and massive skull with long rows of broad leaf-shaped teeth that could cut through tough plant material.
    It also had a small spur-like thumb that was different from the cone-like spike of Iguanodon.

  • Camptosaurus was a member of the family Camptosauridae and the superfamily Camptosauroidea, which are groups of ornithischian dinosaurs that are characterized by their bird-like hips.
    However, Camptosaurus was not closely related to birds, which evolved from a different branch of dinosaurs.


Where does the Camptosaurus live?

Camptosaurus was a genus of plant-eating, beaked dinosaurs that lived during the Late Jurassic period, about 161,2 to 145 million years ago.

Camptosaurus fossils have been found mainly in western North America, especially in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah.

However, some fossils have also been discovered in England and Spain, suggesting that Camptosaurus may have also inhabited Europe.

It probably lived in open woodlands and plains, where it fed on a variety of plants.


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