VR Jurassic Encyclopedia #25
Kentrosaurus dinosaur facts VR 360 video education
This is the #25 episode of our VR Jurassic Encyclopedia series. This time the guest will be a close relative of Stegosaurus from the North American Morrison Formation. We are pleased to present you another dose of dinosaur facts, with interesting information about the Kentrosaurus in it. We invite you to read the article and then to watch our new 360 video episode.
The guest of today’s episode is a kind of late Jurassic Stegosaurid dinosaur in Tanzania. It is estimated that he lived about 152 million years ago. Kentrosaurus is considered a primitive dinosaur, while several recent cladistic analyzes have shown that it was a more developed dinosaur than other stegosaurs.
The first Kentrosaur fossils were discovered in Tanzania by the German Tendaguru expedition in 1909. The remains were incorrectly assigned to Stegosaurus at first. Interestingly, since the expedition, over 1,200 bones belonging to about 50 individuals have been found. Unfortunately, during World War II, a large part of the remains was destroyed and only 350 specimens remained. Unfortunately, it was not possible to complete the entire skeleton of the dinosaur, but it was possible to keep an almost complete tail, hip, several dorsal vertebrae, and some parts of the limbs of one individual. Kentrosaurus has only one accepted species, the name Kentrosaurus aethiopicus, due to the small number of remains found.
Coming to the size of dinosaurs, they are mainly based on a skeleton housed in the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin in Germany. The total length of the composite skeleton mount, from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the tail, is 4.5 m. The tail is just over half of this length. Based on the found larger single elements, it is estimated that the dinosaur could be up to 5.5 m long. Based on the virtual 3D skeleton and the 3D model, it can be estimated that the weight of the dinosaur could be from 1 to even 1.5 tons.
The Kentrosaurus diet, like the rest of the Ornithischians, was plant based. It is speculated that the dinosaur may have fed on leaves and low-growing fruits from a variety of non-flowering plants. There is also a hypothesis that Kentrosaurus may have stood on its hind legs to reach the vegetation in tall trees.
This is the end of the interesting facts we have prepared for you in this article. If you want to know the exact structure of the dinosaur but many more amazing facts, we invite you to watch our VR Jurassic Encyclopedia #25 episode and continue our VR 360 video education about dinosaurs.