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Alxasaurus elesitaiensis  (D. A. Russell and Dong, 1995)

Name Means: "Alxa Desert Lizard" Length: 13 feet (4m)
Pronounced: Alx-ah-Saw-rus Weight: 850 pounds (400 kilos)
When it lived: Early Cretaceous - 112 MYA    
Where found: Mongolia, China    

    This dinosaur is the most complete theropod ever found in Asia. It was one of the first of a group of dinosaurs known as therizinosaurs, which are known for having really long claws on their hands. It had a small head and more than 40 teeth, resembling those of Troodon, which suggests that it was a carnivore.  The teeth are unique as most of the therizinosaurs have very few and they were almost surely herbivores. 
   Although it lived in the last part of the Mesozoic Era, it had some features similar to much earlier dinosaurs and is    considered by some scientists to be a transitional species from the more traditional looking theropods that were common in Asia during the Cretaceous. It had a shortened tail, long neck, and small skull, resembling in many ways the look of the much earlier prosauropods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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