Length: up to 15m
Period: Late Jurassic
Time Span: 198 - 187 Million Years Ago
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Ampelosaurus was a type of sauropod, meaning it was a long-necked, very large dinosaur that walked around on four thick but slow legs. It was a type of titanosaur, some of the biggest dinosaurs that ever walked the Earth. It was closely related to Saltasaurus from South America. Like other sauropods, it was a herding animal and had a small head. It also ate over a tons of vegetation a day and with the help of gastroliths was able to digest it within its huge gut. It grew to be about 50 feet (15 meters) long and over 10 tons in weight. It's tail was very long and was robably used for defense to whip at predators like the fearsome Taracosaurus and deadly Pyroraptor or possibly against rivals.
One feature that sets it a bit apart from most other sauropods is that it had armor-like plating that ran all the ay down its back to the beginning of the tail. It's not quite known why this is so, but it could be for extra protection against the poewrful jaws of the predatory abelisaurids that it shared its habitat with. Another strange fact about Ampelosaurus is that a species that's four times smaller than it has been found in bonebeds on islands around Europe. This is probably caused by island dwarfism, which is caused when a group of animal species has been trapped on an island and over time they grow smaller to survive on the smaller food and water rations that are on the island. This has also been found with dinosaurs that lived in the same area as it, such as Tarascosaurus, Pyroraptor, Iguanodon, and even Troodon.
Suitable for ages: 3 plus
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