Dinosaurs! They are kind of frightening right? That’s because we have always been shown the ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex and the carnivorous Velociraptors – the scavengers, the pack hunters. The reason why they have been focused on is that the movies need to create drama that veggiesaurs (this is how we prefer to call the plant-eating or herbivore dinosaurs) won’t create. No drama, no viewers! That’s the simple equation. Think. Would you have watched the movie Jurassic Park had that series show you non-violent plant-eating dinosaurs roaming around slowly and looking at each other, doing nothing? Not really!
That’s the reason why we don’t know much about the herbivore dinosaurs that lived many millions of years ago and played a vital role in the food chain back then. One such interesting herbivore dinosaur is the Albertadromeus. In this article, we are going to learn about Albertadromeus facts and trust us, you will be left amazed. Somewhere you may even dream of reanimating this creature and keep it as a pet. So, let’s begin but before that…
|Type Species||Albertadromeus syntarsus|
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At a Glance
Lived: 80 million years ago to 75 million years ago
Historical Period: Epoch – Late Cretaceous | Era – Mesozoic
Size: 1.5 meters to 1.6 meters long
Weight: Nearly 30 lbs. or 16 kilograms
Now that we are done with the basic information, we can go ahead and sum up the facts about Albertadromeus. Be amazed!
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1. The incomplete fossil remains that have been discovered by paleontologists, it is assumed that the Albertadromeus was a petite dinosaur that has been classified as cursorial ornithopod.
2. Wondering what cursorial ornithopod is? Well, cursorial actually means ground-dwelling and ornithopods are those dinosaurs that are believed to have started as small dinosaurs but over time, they grew in both size as well as number to eventually become one of the most successful herbivore dinosaur groups that lived during the Cretaceous Epoch.
3. These ornithopods (and hence, Albertadromeus) were gazers and bipedal. This means that they used to gaze on grass or low plants and walked on their two feet.
4. The Albertadromeus fossils that have been dug up show something interesting. The lower leg bones – the fibula and the tibia had their distal ends fused together.
5. It is this unusual structure (the fused distal ends) is what inspired the paleontologists to come up with the type species syntarsus.
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6. The people who described and eventually named this dinosaur were: Caleb Marshall Brown, Anthony P. Russell, Michael J. Ryan and David C. Evans. The description was made official in year 2013.
7. The description that Brown et al. gave became the base for the idea that Late Cretaceous was not just the epoch for large dinosaurs. Even smaller dinosaurs were far more common than what was assumed by paleontologists before the discovery of Albertadromeus.
8. This increasingly popular idea was further fortified when in 2013, paleontologists managed to dig up the fossils of early pachycephalosaur Acrotholus. This too was a small dinosaur.
9. So, what’s the logic behind this theory? Experts believe that these small dinosaurs had very delicate bones (not that delicate actually), which gave into erosion before being fossilized properly. Also, because they had fragile bones, it was easier for predators to just munch them up quickly. That’s the reason why fossil records are rare.
10. Now, here is the surprising fact. Did you know that Albertadromeus was actually a quick runner? Researchers sound pretty much convinced that this dinosaur species used to be sprinter and ran off very quickly to ensure that they don’t end up between the jaws of predators.
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11. If that’s not surprising enough for you, here is the most fascinating fact. Though the Albertadromeus syntarsus was small measuring 1.5 meters to 1.6 meters, they were not really very tall. A 1.8 meter-tall human standing by its side will mean that the Albertadromeus would have hard time cross the human’s knee height!
12. The Albertadromeus was discovered in Alberta province of Canada and is, till date, the smallest ornithopod found there. The remains were pulled out from Belly River Group geological formation.
13. Albertadromeus had long hind legs compared to the front ones. Well, we don’t know the exact use of the front legs but we will assume that they used them for grabbing branches of small plants.
14. As far as the pronunciation is concerned, this is how you pronounce its name: al-BERT-ah-DRO-may-us.
15. As far as the name is concerned, the first part – Alberta comes from the place of its discovery. Dromeus part is the Greek work for Runner. So, Albertadromeus actually means Alberta runner.
That concludes our list of Albertadromeus facts. In case you know a few more, feel free to drop your comments.