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Meet New Dinosaurs in DinoMess

Fans of Dinosaurs, It’s Time to Rejoice!

Recently, the DinoMess Collection has been enriched with 5 new dinosaurs: Mosasaurus, Styracosaurus, Dracorex, Nothosaurus and Triceratops. You may find them anywhere; in a restaurant, in the park, while shopping or jogging. But don`t worry, they are very friendly and want to meet you. So, who are these Fantastic Five?


Dracorex

Dracorex lived approximately 65-70 million years ago during the late Cretaceous Period and inhabited North America. It was discovered in 2004 in the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota.

Dracorex was about 6 meters long and 1-meter high and could weight approximately 45 kg. It had a long snout and its skull had many bumps all over it and spiky horns. Its skull also had a large flat dome which would have provided this dinosaur with a lot of cranial protection.

Although Dracorex is routinely classified as a herbivore, it had extremely sharp and serrated teeth. This fact may indicate that Dracorex was actually an omnivore, meaning that it would eat both meat and plants, as well as anything else it might find.

Do you know that

  • Its full name—Dracorexis hogwartsia—is a tribute to the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling and means «dragon king of Hogwarts».

 

Mosasaurus

Mosasaurus is an aquatic lizard which lived approximately 70 million to 65 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous Period.  It was first discovered during the mid-18th century in Maastricht, Netherlands, near the Meuse River, which inspired the name «Mosasaurus» (Meuse Lizard).

Mosasaurus lived mainly in the seas of Europe and North America and its fossils have been found all over the world including the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East and even on islands of Antarctica.

Mosasaurus lived near the surface of the water since it breathed air so this also affected their feeding habits. They hunted near the surface of the water, where they preyed on anything that came near.

Mosasaurs could grow up to 18 meters long and weight up to 5,000 kg. It had a streamlined skull bristling with teeth, snake-like double-hinged jaw, a barrel-like trunk for its midsection, and a long powerful tail. As evidenced by its two set of fins, mesosaur was an aquatic reptile, not a fish. 

Do you know that

  • The Komodo dragon and monitor lizards are among the closest living relatives of Mosasaurus.
  • Mosasaurs are reptiles that left the land for water.
  • Mosasaurs waited for their pray rather than chased the food

 

Nothosaurus

Nothosaurus was a marine reptile which existed on the Earth during the middle to late Triassic period. Nothosauruses used to live mainly in the areas of Europe, North Africa, and China, in warm and shallow seas and rivers.  Its fossils have been discovered in abundance in Europe and Asia.

Nothosaurus could grow to around 3.5 to 4 meters in length and weigh from 70-140 kg. It had a small head and a long jaw, lined with needle teeth. The hands and feet were webbed and the tail was long and stout that helped to change directions while swimming.

Nothosaurus was a semi-oceanic animal that had a lifestyle similar to today's seals. Due to its webbed legs,  Nothosaurus is presumed to be a poor swimmer so to catch the prey it most likely had to rely on the surprise element. They hunted by sneaking up slowly on prey and then put on a last-minute burst of speed. Nothosaurus fed on fish, crabs, also may have eaten eggs. After feeding in the water, it most probably went back to land.  

Do you know that

  • The name Nothosaurus means «fake lizard»

 

Styracosaurus

Styracosaurus was a dinosaur that lived in North America in the Late Cretaceous Period about 66-76 million years ago. It was first discovered in 1913 by Lawrence Lambe near what is now Alberta, Canada.

Styracosaurus hatched from eggs, and it is possible that the young may have been cared for by parents. Also, it may have been a herd animal, meaning travelling in large groups.

Styracosaurus could grow up to 4 meters long and 2 meters tall at the shoulders. They weighed around 3 - 5 tons. Styracosaurus had a frill that came out from the back of its skull. The frill had 6 spikes. Styracosaurus had four short legs, a huge body, and a short tail. Also, its skull had a beak and shearing cheek teeth were arranged in continuous dental batteries.

Styracosaurus was a herbivorous dinosaur  that was designed to chew up tough leaves on low-growing plants. Styracosaurus probably ate cycads, palms, and other prehistoric plants with its tough beak.  It could also chew well with its sharp teeth.

Do you know that

  • Its name means «spiked lizard»
  • Styracosaurus can run up to 32 kph

 

Triceratops

Triceratops lived during the late Maastrichtian stage of the late Cretaceous period, about 68 million years ago in the area that is now North  America. The first bones were discovered in Denver in 1887.

Triceratops was the largest of the horned dinosaurs. They could grow up to 9 meters in length and could weight 10 tons. They hatched out of eggs about the size of a cantaloupe and had to grow into their horns.  It had two genuine horns over its eyes, the third one was a small one on its snout. The horns and a solid frill were used in combat against other Triceratops, as well as for defense. It had up to 800 teeth that were constantly being replenished and were arranged in groups.

Triceratops was an herbivorous dinosaur  that mostly ate low growing plants. Its beak-like mouth was best suited for grasping and plucking that plants rather than biting.

Do you know that

  • Triceratops means «Three-horned face».
  • The skull of Triceratops was one-third the length of its entire body.

 

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