Some dinosaurs were truly gigantic and the Abydosaurus was one such candidate. Cool thing about this guy was that he was not in for a meaty treat! All he loved to devour was fresh green leaves from big trees. Abydosaurus was long enough to eat from the top parts of the trees. How big was it? Let us consider a quick example from the modern times. Think of a lamb eating grass and a giraffe eating leaves from a tree. Yes, that’s the best comparison we can think of. Abydosaurus was kind of a giraffe of its times. So, where did he live? What was his height? How big was he? Let us learn 10 interesting facts about Abydosaurus in a quest to find the answers to these questions.
At a glance
Lived: 105 million years ago.
Species: A. mcintoshi (Named after Physics Professor John S. McIntosh).
1. Abydosaurus, pronounced as ah-BUY-doe-SORE-us is actually the Greek name for Abydos Lizard.
2. This dinosaur belongs to the brachiosaurid sauropod dinosaur genus. Abydosaurus is one of those very few dinosaurs that are known from their fossilized skull material.
3. The Abydosaurus is the first Cretaceous Sauropod from North America that was fossilized with its complete skull and, as opposed to earlier brachiosaurids that had broader teeth, the Abydosaurus had narrow teeth.
4. It was found in USA’s northeastern Utah’s upper Lower Cretaceous rocks. The Abydosaurus lived in the Middle Cretaceous period which was around 105 million years ago.
5. Abydos is actually a Greek name for a city located near river Nile. According to Egyptian Mythology, the neck and the head of Osiris, an Egyptian Goddess, was buried in that city. But the Abydosaurus wasn’t really found there. Actually the head and the neck of the dinosaur were found in the fossilized forms, which gives it the name Abydosaurus.
6. Abydosaurus belongs to the species A. mcintoshi that was named in honor of a Professor of Physics John S. McIntosh who actually contributed to the study of Sauropods and to Dinosaur National Monument.
7. Abydosaurus was really gigantic and measured 50 feet from head to tail. It weighed between 10 and 20 tons.
8. The neck and the tail of the Abydosaurus were very long compared to the actual body and they seemed to have counterbalanced each other.
9. Abydosaurus was actually an herbivore and lived in the North American woodlands. It was a quadrupedal dinosaur that walked on all four legs.
10. This dinosaur was discovered in 2010 and was named by Daniel Chure and his colleagues.
Well, that’s all for now! Do you have any other interesting information or facts about Abydosaurus? Do let us know through the comments section. We will be glad to learn something new.