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Kidadl Team

SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

21 Dino-mite Bothriospondylus Facts That Kids Will Love

Discover more about this dinosaur by reading these Bothriospondylus facts.

The Bothriospondylus also referred to as Bothriospondylus suffossus is known to have inhabited England and Europe and fossils were found in Wiltshire in the Kimmeridgian stratum. While not a lot is known about the habitat of this species, it is suspected that these dinosaurs used to inhabit terrestrial habitats. Reproduction, just like other dinosaurs, took place sexually where the males used to deposit sperm inside the female body and after a gestation span, the female used to lay fertilized eggs that contained embryos that were developing.

The remains that have been found are so eroded that it has been difficult to describe their physical appearance and other unique features. The fossils and the remains that have been discovered have consisted of only four dorsal vertebrae. The diet of this sauropod was noted to be herbivorous, however not a lot of information is available about the type of food of this sauropod.

The name of this species was given by Richard Owen in 1875 based on other associated vertebrates from the same time interval and the specific name of the type species, that is, 'suffossus' in Latin means 'undermined'. Nomen dubium means 'doubtful name' in Latin. Various other types of this nomen dubium species were recognized but were later associated and reassigned to other species. These include B. robustus, B. elongatus, and B. magnus, and one more was recognized by Richard Lydekker based on the specimen collected in Madagascar, the Bothriospondylus madagascariensis. B. madagascariensis was described much later than the other species.

It is very interesting to explore more this dinosaur and if you are interested, read about the Zigongosaurus and Brachytrachelopan too.

Bothriospondylus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Bothriospondylus'?

The pronunciation of the Bothriospondylus goes as 'Bof-re-o-spon-dy-lus'.

What type of dinosaur was a Bothriospondylus?

It is known to be a neosauropod type of dinosaur.

In which geological period did the Bothriospondylus roam the earth?

This dinosaur is known to have existed in the Late Jurassic time period.

When did the Bothriospondylus become Extinct?

The time span of extinction of this nomen dubium species is not available.

Where did the Bothriospondylus live?

Some known locations that this nomen dubium sauropod dinosaur used to inhabit include England and Europe.

What was the Bothriospondylus' habitat?

No information is available about the habitat of this species, but it is believed that this species was lived in terrestrial habitats.

Who did the Bothriospondylus live with?

No information is available about this dinosaur being a solitary creature or living in groups.

How long did a Bothriospondylus live?

The lifespan of this dinosaur is unknown.

How did they reproduce?

Reproduction of this dinosaur species took place sexually, where the males deposited sperm inside the female body and the female laid fertilized eggs that contained developing embryos.

Bothriospondylus Fun Facts

What did Bothriospondylus look like?

No information is available about the physical appearance and other related features of this species as not a lot of remains have been found from the Bothriospondylus skeleton.

Kids will love these Bothriospondylus facts.
We've been unable to source an image of Bothriospondylus and have used an image of Bellusaurus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Bothriospondylus, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected].

How many bones did a Bothriospondylus have?

The exact number of bones that this species had is not available as it is difficult to determine based on the limited number of fossils found.

How did they communicate?

Communication of all dinosaurs took place through sounds, postures, and gestures.

How big was the Bothriospondylus?

The estimated Bothriospondylus size is around 66 ft (20 m).

How fast could a Bothriospondylus move?

The speed of movement of this nomen dubium dinosaur is not known.

How much did a Bothriospondylus weigh?

The weight of this sauropod dinosaur is known to be around 3 ton (2722 kg).

What were the male and female names of the species?

No sex-specific names of this species existed. They are simply called male or female dinosaurs.

What would you call a baby Bothriospondylus?

Dinosaur babies are, in general, referred to as hatchlings.

What did they eat?

Not a lot of information is available about the food of this dinosaur but their diet was herbivorous. This means that we would expect them to eat plants and grasses.

How aggressive were they?

It is quite difficult to determine the aggressiveness of dinosaurs, but in general, they are known to be aggressive and violent.

Did you know...

Richard Owen described the type species, the Bothriospondylus suffossus in 1875. The specific name is quite often spelled incorrectly as 'suffosus'. The description of the type species by Owen was done on the basis of four dorsal vertebrae that was discovered in Wiltshire in the Kimmeridgian stratum. Owen has also named three other species named Bothriospondylus robustus, Bothriospondylus elongatus, and Bothriospondylus magnus.

The specific name 'suffossus' in Latin means 'undermined'. This is based on the fact that the vertebral column had hollowed out vertebra sides.

More complete fossils and material were discovered in Madagascar and Richard Lydekker named another species, the Bothriospondylus madagascariensis.

Later, new data on the Bothriospondylus fossil stated that it should be treated as a separate member of sauropods.

The classification of this species has been changed over the years and because of scattered and eroded materials, it is difficult to classify this dinosaur under a particular category and it is considered to be a dubious genus.

Several species that have been recognized were reassigned to a new genus.

A lot of times, fossil material or specimens found were associated with the genus Bothriospondylus, but then after later analysis and research, it was mostly reassigned to other genera like Pelorosaurus, Nopcsaspondylus, and Lapparentosaurus.

Why are they called Bothriospondylus?

The name of this dinosaur was given by Owen in 1875 based on other associated vertebrates from the same time span.

How strong were Bothriospondylus' teeth?

There is not a lot of information about the teeth of this species because we are missing really important fossils. However, we do know some of the teeth were asymmetrical but strong.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly dinosaur facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other creatures from our Amazonsaurus facts or Argyrosaurus facts for kids.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable stomping dinosaur coloring pages.

Main image: Debivort 

Second image: Kabacchi

*We've been unable to source an image of Bothriospondylus and have used an image of Bellusaurus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Bothriospondylus, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected]

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