Achelousaurus

Achelousaurus horneri

  • Pronounced:  ah-kell-oh-Saw-russ

  • Diet:  Herbivore (Plant-Eater)

  • Name Means:  Achelous Lizard

  • Length:  20 feet (6 m)

  • Height:  8 feet (2.7 m)

  • Weight:  unknown

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 75 m.y.a

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in North America

Achelousaurus is a relative of another frilled ceratopsian dinosaur, Pachyrhinosaurus  They shared the same strange lump of bone on their nose, called a boss. This bony lump was positioned where other frilled dinosaurs, like Triceratops  had their nose horns.

Achelousaurus was a fairly large plant-eating dinosaur that looked similar in body type to the other larger members of its North American family.

There is ongoing discussion as to whether this dinosaur warrants its own genus. There seems to be ongoing speculation that it is a species of Pachyrhinosaurus  perhaps showing gender differentiation. Most likely, it will take a more complete specimen to settle the debate. It is at present considered by many to be somewhere between the Pachyrhinosaurus  and Einiosaurus.



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