Iguanodon

Iguanodon

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'iguana tooth'
Iguanodon
4000kg, 10.0m-long euornithopod
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Diet: herbivorous herbivorous food icon
Period: Early Cretaceous, 140-110 million years ago
Teeth: chewing cheek teeth and horny beak
How it moved: on 2 or 4 legs
Food: plant material

One of the most successful dinosaurs, species of Iguanodon have been found in many parts of the world.

Iguanodon could probably walk on all fours or on 2 legs. It had a large thumb spike, probably to fend off predators. Muscle attachment areas inside its head suggest that it may have had a long tongue.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Genasauria, Cerapoda, Ornithopoda, Euornithopoda, Iguanadontia, Euiguanadontia, Dryomorpha, Ankylopollexia, Iguanodontoidea
Named by: Boulenger and van Beneden (1881)
Type species: bernissartensis
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