Alxasaurus

Alxasaurus elesitaiensis

  • Pronounced:  Alx - ah - Saw - rus

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Alxa Desert Lizard"

  • Length:  13 feet (4m)

  • Height:  6 feet (2 m)

  • Weight:  850 pounds (400 kilos)

  • Time:  Early Cretaceous - 112 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in China

This dinosaur is the most complete theropod ever found in Asia. It was one of the first of a group of dinosaurs known as therizinosaurs, which are known for having really long claws on their hands. It had a small head for a meat-eating dinosaur, and although it lived in the last part of the Mesozoic Era, it had some features similar to much earlier dinosaurs.

Alxasaurus is considered by some scientists to be a transitional species from the more traditional looking theropods to the therizinosaurs that were common in Asia during the Cretaceous. It had a shortened tail, long neck, and small skull, resembling in many ways the look of the much earlier prosauropods. Several prominent scientists have suggested that Alxasaurus is the most complete specimen of what was once referred to as segnosaurs.



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