Did You Know? 11 Incredible Datousaurus Facts


Datousaurus are said to belong to the Middle Jurassic Period, and the remains were found in the Sichuan Province of China. This is said to have been a herbivorous sauropod with spoon-shaped teeth and a pretty big skull, as well as a huge body length. Dong Zhiming and Tang were the ones to name the genus in 1984.

Datousaurus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Datousaurus'?

The pronunciation is 'Dah-too-sore-us'.

What type of dinosaur was a Datousaurus?

The classification points out Datousaurus as a sauropod.

In which geological period did the Datousaurus roam the Earth?

Datousaurus belonged to the Middle Jurassic Period.

When did the Datousaurus become Extinct?

It is unknown when exactly they became Extinct, but it could have been when the Middle Jurassic Period ended.

Where did Datousaurus live?

This prehistoric lizard with the big head would have lived in an area that is now the Sichuan Province of China, where its remains were discovered.

What was the Datousauruss' habitat?

This sauropod lived in a terrestrial habitat.

Who did the Datousaurus live with?

Unfortunately, it is unclear whether the Datousaurus lived in groups.

How long did a Datousaurus live?

No information is available about its lifespan.

How did they reproduce?

They were oviparous.

Datousaurus Fun Facts

What did the Datousaurus look like? 

It's said to have had a long neck like other sauropods along with heaving a big skull, as pointed out by the fossils.

Datousaurus help us to know about sauropods.

How many bones did a Datousaurus have?

From the partial skeletons discovered, this dinosaur had a large skull, making scientists name it the big head lizard. It is also said to have had spoon-shaped teeth to chew through the leaves, as seen in the fossils, which makes them special.

How did they communicate?

They communicated through sounds.

How big was the Datousaurus?

This sauropod had a length of 49 ft (15 m) due to the large skull that had been discovered.

How fast could a Datousaurus move?

As a big dinosaur, it would have been slow.

How much did a Datousaurus weigh?

Its weight is unknown.

What were the male and female names of the species?

There are no separate names for the two.

What would you call a baby Datousaurus?

A baby would be called a hatchling.

How aggressive were they?

We don't know how aggressive these dinosaurs might have been, but their big size might have deterred predators.

Did You Know…

The generic name Datousaurus is derived from 'da tou' which means 'big head', and its entire name means 'big-head lizard'.

Dilophosaurus is the spitting dinosaur in Jurassic Park.

Dinosaurs such as Kaijiangosaurus, Yangchuanosaurus,‭ and Xuanhanosaurus could have been their predators.


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

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