I Know Dino Podcast: Camptosaurus

Episode 7 is all about Camptosaurus, a heavy ornithischian that lived in western North America.

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Camptosaurus on show on the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum in Japan.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • The dinosaur of the day: Camptosaurus, which suggests “Bent” or “Versatile Lizard.”
  • Camptosaurus lived in North America within the late Jurassic, about 156 to 145 million years in the past.
  • Camptosaurus appeared like an Iguanodon, and is the ancestor of herbivores equivalent to Iguanodon.
  • Camptosaurus was heavy, weighing about 2,200 kilos. It was 16-23 toes lengthy and 3-4 toes excessive on the hips.
  • Camptosaurus had a protracted snout, tons of of tooth, a attractive beak, and four-toed toes with five-fingered arms.
  • Camptosaurus had 5 fingers on its palms, however solely fingers 1, 2, and three had claws. Fingers 4 and 5 had small nubs.
  • Camptosaurus most likely ate cycads and different robust prehistoric vegetation. It used its cheek tooth to grind its meals.
  • Camptosaurus most likely lived in herds and reached max speeds of 15-25 mph.
  • Camptosaurus was initially named Camptonotus in 1879 by Othniel Charles Marsh. However the title was modified to Camptosaurus in 1885 as a result of Camptonotus was used to call a cricket.
  • Camptosaurus had a pelvis that appeared bent and bowed outwards. This implies it had an enlarged gut, and was most likely very gassy.
  • Scientists used to suppose Camptosaurus was bipedal, however it was most likely too entrance heavy and walked on 4 legs as an alternative.
  • A 9-inch Camptosaurus embryo has been discovered at Dinosaur Nationwide Monument in Utah.
  • Camptosaurus is a part of the ornithishcian order, which was made up of beaked, herbivorous, bird-hipped dinosaurs.
  • Widespread Ornithischians are ceratopsians, armored dinosaurs, and “duck-billed” dinosaurs. They often lived in herds and have been typically prey for theropods.
  • All through their evolution, Ornithischians shifted from bipedal to quadrupedal posture about thrice.
  • Enjoyable Truth: Camptosaurus had a thumb spike, however it was too small to make use of for protection.

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