VR Jurassic Encyclopedia #19
Pachycephalosaurus dinosaur facts | 360 Education
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Pachycephalosaurus was a dinosaur that lived about 70 to 66 million years ago in what is now North America. Fossils of the dinosaur have been discovered in Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Alberta. Pachycephalosaurus was one of the last non-avian dinosaurs before the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction.
It is thought that the first remains of Pachycephalosaurus may have been found as far back as the 1850s. American geologist Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden discovered a bone fragment of this dinosaur in 1860 near the mouth of the Missouri River. Then in 1943, an almost complete Pachycephalosaurus skull was found in the Hell Creek Formation in Montana. The finding of the skull gave rise to a new species, Pachycephalosaurus Grangeri. Another dinosaur remains were found in 2015 in the Scollard Formation in Alberta, Canada. At that time, Pachycephalosaur material and a domed parietal were discovered.
The dinosaur’s structure is not entirely known, as it is difficult to determine the size of this animal from the discovered remains. It is speculated that it was bipedal with a length of up to 4.5 meters. The weight of the dinosaur could have been as much as 450 kilograms. Based on other Pachycephalosaurs, we can assume that it had a fairly short and thick neck and short forelegs. Additionally, it is speculated that the dinosaur was massive and had long hind legs and a heavy tail. The skull was short and possessed large, rounded eye sockets that faced forward, suggesting that the animal had good eyesight and was capable of binocular vision.
Pachycephalosaurus were probably herbivorous. It is also speculated that they may have enriched their diet with insects and other small invertebrates. With a high degree of probability, we can say that the dinosaur fed on leaves, seeds, fruits, and insects, while it could not chew hard, fibrous parts of plants because of its grooved teeth.
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