Telmatosaurus

Telmatosaurus transylvanicus

  • Pronounced:  tell - Ma - toe - Saw - rus

  • Diet:  Herbivore (plant-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Marsh Lizard"

  • Length:  17 ft.(5 meters)

  • Height:  7 ft.(2 meters)

  • Weight:  unknown

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous / 69 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Europe

Telmatosaurus is one of only two duck-billed dinosaurs known to have lived in Europe. Although these rather large plant-eaters were the most common dinosaur in North America during the last part of the Cretaceous, fossils of this family have been hard to find in Europe. Telmatosaurus was fairly small compared to other duck-bills; some, such as Edmontosaurus, found in North America and China were three times as big! This small size is due to the fact that Europe in the late Cretaceous was flooded and made up of many islands. Being restricted to islands, animals tend to become smaller, and almost all the dinosaurs found from late Cretaceous Europe are smaller than their relatives in other parts of the world.

Telmatosaurus is considered to be a more primitive member of the hadrosaur family even though it lived during the last part of the Cretaceous. It also seems to support the idea that many of the island dwelling dinosaurs of Europe during that period were subject to dwarfism relative to their larger family members.



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