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Lurdusaurus

Lurdusaurus (meaning “Heavy Lizard”) is a genus of iguanodont ornithopod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of the Tenere Desert in Niger. It lived with dinosaurs such as Suchomimus, Ouranosaurus, Eocarcharia, and Kryptops. Thomas R. Holtz, jr has said that Lurdusaurus was aquatic or semi-aquatic, because of it’s hippopotamus-like build. The remains were discovered in 1965 by Philippe Taquet. Later, in 1988, Souad Chabli described Lurdusaurus as “Gravisaurus tenrensis”, but she did not publish the paper. In 1999, Philippe Taquet and Dale Russel described Lurdusaurus as Lurdusaurus arenatus. Arnenatus means sandy, as in the sandiness of the Tenere Desert in Niger. It was only 6.6 feet (2 metres) tall, but it was 30 feet (9 metres) long. It was probably 6.1 tons (5.5 tonnes).

by Luis V. Rey

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