Dinosaurs: Iguanodon


Iguanodon (Iguana Tooth)

Iguanodon was a medium sized plant-eating dinosaur that lived during the early Cretaceous period.

Iguanodon was a member of a group of dinosaurs called Iguanodontians which also included Ouranosaurus. It grew to about 30 feet (9.3 m) in length and roughly weighed around 4-5 tons. Iguanodon shared similiar characteristics with its close relatives including a toothless beak and cheek teeth used for grinding tough vegetation as well as a large conical spike, ranging from 2-6 inches long, on the end of its thumb.

Iguanodons arms were long enough to reach the ground and its 3 middle fingers appear to be strong enough to bear the weight of this large Dinosaur suggesting that it may have been able to walk on all fours. Fossilized footprints also suggest that Iguanodon probably travelled in large herds.




Iguanodon Size

Pronounced: ig -WA-no-DON

Name Means: "Iguana Tooth"
Length: 40 feet (12 m)
Height: 12 feet (3.6 m)
Weight: 5 ton (4,500 kg)
Diet: Herbivore (Leaves, Branches, Fronds, Ferns)
Time: Early Cretaceous - 110 million years ago
Habitat: Woodlands
Fossils Found: Asia, Europe, North Africa, Western North America 


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