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Fukuisaurus

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Fukuisaurus (toy model)

Name:

Fukuisaurus (Greek for "Fukui lizard"); pronounced FOO-kwee-SORE-us

Habitat:

Woodlands of Asia

Historical Period:

Early Cretaceous (110 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 15 feet long and 750-1,000 pounds

Diet:

Plants

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Long, thick body; narrow head

 

About Fukuisaurus:

Not to be confused with Fukuiraptor--a moderately sized theropod discovered in the same region of Japan--Fukuisaurus was a moderately sized ornithopod that probably resembled (and was closely related to) the much better-known Iguanodon from Eurasia and North America. Since they lived at roughly the same time, the early to middle Cretaceous period, it's possible that Fukuisaurus figured on Fukuiraptor's lunch menu, but as yet there's no direct evidence for this.

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