What Is a Muttaburrasaurus?


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Muttaburrasaurus was a primarily herbivorous dinosaur from the early Cretaceous period of roughly 112 to 104 million years ago. The species is known from fossils found near Queensland, Australia.

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The specimen reached up to 27 feet in length and weighed as much as 4 tons. Muttaburrasaurus had a large bulge on its snout between the eyes and mouth, which was associated with the sense of smell or the ability to make sounds. A beak, a flattened thumb spike, hooked claws and sharp teeth helped the creature forage. Similar to an iguanodon, the dinosaur likely walked on two or four legs.

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