If you love dinosaurs, this question and the answer to it may not surprise you. But if you don’t know much about dinosaurs, that figure might have made your eyes pop out of your head! It’s true, though – the Ankylosaurs was one dinosaur with 500 teeth in its mouth at any given time! While we won’t tell you why or how we know this, we will share the information with you so that you can know more about these amazing prehistoric creatures and other fascinating dinosaurs as well.
This dinosaur was huge
About as long as a pickup truck. It weighed about as much as an elephant. Its name is Cryolophosaurus ellioti, and it had anywhere from 700 to 1,100 tiny, conical teeth all along its snout. The shape of these teeth has been likened to sewing needles or spades. Each one was less than half an inch long and curved backward at the tip into a wicked-looking point: ideal for piercing skin. How could such a comparatively small animal have so many teeth?
This animal had so many teeth because it was herbivorous
herbivores need big, thick molars and incisors for grinding plant material, so they have lots of these kinds of teeth. No one knows for sure what dinosaur it was, but experts believe it was a hadrosaur (also known as a duck-billed dinosaur). It could have been one of several species, including Edmontosaurus or Anatotitan. All hadrosaur fossils have been found in western North America. This area was once covered by a large inland sea that stretched from Alaska to Mexico. When dinosaurs roamed here, it was also home to turtles, fish, lizards and other creatures. The climate would have been very hot and dry during most of the year; winters were probably milder than today’s winters in northern Canada!
How Do We Know?
Geologists have established that there are more than 1,000 different types of dinosaurs. Though it’s impossible to make a list of every single one, experts estimate that about 150-200 species of dinosaurs exist today. So if you want to know which dinosaur is believed to have had up to 500 teeth, you’ll need a little background information first. The average human being has 32 permanent teeth and many people go through life with only 28 (due to dental issues or accidents). The T-Rex, however, was known for having fewer but larger teeth. One of its most distinctive features was its small head and large mouth filled with sharp incisors—which could be as long as 6 inches!
When do we know this existed
Scientists have found them with some really unusual features, including 500 rows of teeth. The species is called Spinophorosaurus nigerensis, and it lived during the Early Cretaceous period. It was a herbivore (plant-eater) and it belonged to a group called sauropods. Sauropods were giant long-necked that had very small heads in comparison with their gigantic bodies!
Is there only one or are there more similar dinosaurs we don’t know about yet
Dinosaurs were a diverse group of animals. Scientists have discovered more than 1,800 species of dinosaurs. Many millions of years before humans roamed Earth, there were giant dinosaurs with tiny arms and gigantic heads, toothless ones with long necks and sharp beaks, armored ones that looked like tanks and others that looked like ostriches. But every kind shared one thing in common: each had an impressive array of teeth. How many types of teeth did dinosaurs have?
Did this dinosaur have any natural predators in its lifetime, or did it live a peaceful life until extinction hit it during the great dying at the end of the Permian period?
It is difficult to say. Although we can be certain that some of theme ate others, direct evidence of predation is rare. The fossil record rarely preserves any bite marks on bones, although scratches and other damage are sometimes preserved when two animals fight over food or a mate. Also, large carnivores often leave behind piles of vertebrae, ribs and other bones they had already chewed up and abandoned after being unable to swallow them further down their throats.
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