Dinosaur Sculptures at Crystal World – Muttaburrasaurus

Muttaburrasaurus was a genus of herbivorous iguanodontian ornithopod dinosaur, which lived in what is now northeastern Australia sometime between 112 and 103 million years ago during the early Cretaceousperiod.  After Kunbarrasaurus, it is Australia’s most completely known dinosaur from skeletal remains. It was named after Muttaburra, the site in Queensland, Australia, where it was found.

Muttaburrasaurus had many other features seen in other basal ornithopods, including reduced forelimbs and a long, stiffened tail. Based on the length and strength of its limbs, Muttaburrasaurus may have been able to move on either its two back legs or on all four legs. would have lived in araucarian conifer forests near the edge of the inland Eromanga Sea that covered vast areas of Australia between 125-100 million years ago. There is no direct fossil evidence for the diet of Muttaburrasaurus although it probably included ferns, cycads, club-mosses and podocarps, all of which are known from the region. Although it was mainly (if not fully) a plant-eater, some scientists have suggested that, based on the shape of its teeth, Muttaburrasaurus may have occasionally eaten some meat.

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