Lurdusaurus ‭(‬heavy lizard‭)

Lurdusaurus ‭(‬heavy lizard‭)


Named By

P.‭ ‬Taquet‭ & ‬D.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Russell‭ ‬-‭ ‬1999




Estimated 6 meters long

Type of Dinosaur


Type Species

L.‭ ‬arenatus‭ (‬type‭)‬

Found in

Niger‭ ‬-‭ ‬Elhraz Formation

When it Lived

Early Cretaceous, 130 million years ago

Lurdusaurus Facts

Lurdusaurus is a genus of herbivorous dinosaur that lived during the Early Cretaceous period, about 130 million years ago. The name Lurdusaurus means “heavy lizard”, and refers to the large size and bulk of this dinosaur.

Lurdusaurus was a member of the family Ankylosauridae, which is characterized by its heavily armored body and club-like tail. While many ankylosaurids were relatively small, Lurdusaurus was one of the largest members of the group, measuring up to 6 meters (20 feet) in length and weighing over 2,000 kilograms (4,400 pounds).

Like other ankylosaurids, Lurdusaurus had a thick, bony armor covering much of its body, including its back, sides, and belly. Its tail was also heavily armored and ended in a large, club-like structure that was likely used for defense against predators. Its head was small and narrow, and was equipped with a beak-like mouth for cropping vegetation.

Lurdusaurus is known from several partial skeletons, including some that preserve large sections of its distinctive armor plating. This has allowed paleontologists to study the evolution of ankylosaurid body armor in detail. Lurdusaurus was also one of the first ankylosaurids to be discovered in Africa, and its fossils have helped to shed light on the biogeography and evolutionary history of this group of dinosaurs.

While Lurdusaurus may not be as well-known as some other dinosaurs, its large size and heavily armored body make it an impressive and fascinating animal to study. As with many dinosaurs, our understanding of Lurdusaurus and other ankylosaurids is constantly evolving as new fossils are discovered and new techniques for studying them are developed.

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