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Iguanodon

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You can see this dinosaur in the Museum.

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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.

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Pronounced
ig-WHA-noh-don
Meaning of name
iguana tooth
Length
  10m
Weight
4000kg - 5000kg
Teeth
chewing cheek teeth and horny beak
Diet
herbivorous
Food
plant material
How it moved
on 2 or 4 legs
When it lived
Early Cretaceous
(140 - 110 million years ago)
Found in
England, United Kingdom, Germany, USA, Spain, Belgium

Taxonomic details

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