Of all dinosaurs ever discovered, the Albalophosaurus is really interesting because, it is one of those few dinosaurs that had been discovered in Japan. Yep! Japan – the country which has been ravaged countless times in movies by Godzilla – a dinosaur-like hypothetical creature. No wonder, becoming a paleontologist in Japan is really difficult. They really won’t find much in their home country.
Instead of wasting our time in side talks, let us learn 10 interesting Albalophosaurus facts. Just a heads-up! Not enough information is available and so, don’t expect much.
Before we start…
|Binomial name||Albalophosaurus yamaguchiorum|
At a glance
Lived: 140 million years ago to 130 million years ago
Historical Period: Early Cretaceous
Size: Not yet known
Weight: Not yet known
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1. The name Albalophosaurus is the Greek name for ‘White-Crested-Lizard’.
2. It is pronounced as Al-bah-LOW-foe-SORE-us.
3. Yoshinori Kobayashi – a Japanese paleontologist was the person who found the remains back in 1997.
4. The fossils were found in Kuwajima Formation located in central Japan.
5. Only the cranial bones from incomplete left lower jaw and disarticulated skull were found.
Interesting Albalophosaurus Facts: 6-10
6. The generic name has been given with reference to Mount Hakusan’s snow-covered crest. The part ‘white’ has been taken from Latin word ‘Albus’ while the ‘lophos’ part is basically taken from Greek.
7. Lack of fossil is the primary reason why experts are not able to estimate the weight and size of the dinosaur.
8. However, it is thought that the dinosaur had a small size and its skull was thickened.
9. Albalophosaurus was a bipedal dinosaur (at least that is what experts think) and actually lived by eating plants. Put it other words, it was an herbivore.
10. Its habitat belonged to Eastern Asia’s Woodlands.
That’s pretty much all the information available till date. We need to wait until more fossil records are unearthed. Only then we may be able to know a few more details about this extinct lizard.