This video reveals a lot of interesting facts about Iguanodon:
The name Iguanodon has been derived from a Greek word that means ‘Iguana Tooth’. These herbivorous dinosaurs lived in the early Cretaceous Period, that was around 120 million years ago. In 1822, Gideon Mantell found the first fossils on the southeast coast of England. They had a thin skull and long tail. They got their official name in 1825.
Quick Facts: –
- Iguanodon had long strong arms, a toothless beak and a long stiff tail.
- They belonged to Ornithischia order of dinosaurs. They were not closely related to birds but had similarly shaped pelvic bones.
- Iguanodon is best known for having strong thumb spikes in both of its hands.
- They were preferably quadrupedal creatures. It means they preferred to use all four legs to walk.
- They lived in parts of Belgium, England, North America, Spain and Europe.
- Firstly Gideon Mantell thought of Iguanodon’s thumb spikes as their nasal horns.
- Their frond limbs had 5 toes and hind limbs had 3 toes. Frond limbs were shorter than their hind limbs.
- Iguanodon was slow walking animal and could reach up to a maximum speed of 15 mph.
- Their diet included horsetail, conifers, cycads and ginkgos.
- They had a total of 58 teeth on their upper jaw and 50 teeth on their lower jaw.
- To honour this dinosaur, a main belt asteroid, 1989 CB3 was named as 9941 Iguanodon.
- They could reach up to a length of 40 feet and weighed about 3-5 tons.
- They probably lived in herds.
- After Megalosaurus, Iguanodon was the second dinosaur that received an official name.