Muttaburrasaurus

Muttaburrasaurus langdoni was genus of plant eating, ornithopod dinosaur.

One of its most distinctive features was the bump on its nose. This nasal bump may been used to produce honking sounds to communicate with others of its species.

Size

This dinosaur grew to about 8 metres (26 feet) in length, and weighed approximately 2.8 tons. Its feet were broad and ended in four toes.

Muttaburrasaurus’ Diet

Muttaburrasaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater). It mostly grazed on low-lying shrubs, but may have stood on its hind legs to reach higher leaves. It was equipped with powerful jaws and teeth, which enabled it to tear apart tough leaves. This dinosaur’s large body demanded it to consume large amounts of food to sustain itself. Despite this, this creature could move at reasonable speeds, which enabled it to run away from predators.

Discovery & Location

Muttaburrasaurus was discovered in Queensland, Australia and named after the nearby town of Muttaburra. It was discovered and named by Doug Langdon. It lived 105 to 103 million years ago in the Cretaceous period.


Image credits: Ghedoghedo / CC BY-SA, NobuTamura email:nobu.tamura@yahoo.com palaeocritti / CC BY-SA