Do dinosaurs fascinate you? Then here we have all the information on Dollodon. Dollodon bampingi was a species of iguanodontian dinosaur that lived during the lower Cretaceous period. They were large in size with quadrupedal at times. Read on to know more about Dollodon.
The phonetic pronunciation of Dollodon is 'Doll-o-don'.
Dollodon bampingi was a species of iguanodontian ornithopod dinosaur that belonged to the superfamily of Hadrosauroidea.
Dollodon roamed the Earth during the Barremian age in the Lower Cretaceous period, mainly around 130-125 million years ago.
It's not known when exactly Dollodon became extinct. However, they roamed the Earth around 130-125 million years ago during the Barremian age. Hence, they probably died 125 million years ago when the Barremian age ended.
Many fossils of Dollodon have been found to date, and paleontologists have been able to make an almost complete skeleton of Dollodon. These bones have been discovered in mainly four places - Germany, Spain, England, and Belgium. Hence, it can be assumed that they lived in these areas.
Dollodon lived during the Lower Cretaceous period. The climate at that time was warmer and wetter than the Jurassic period, and as a result of such climate, there were more water bodies around. Dollodon were also terrestrial creatures, so they lived on land.
It's not known whether Dollodon lived solitary lives or lived in herds. However, it is believed that iguanodontians, in general, probably used to live in groups.
The exact lifespan of the Dollodon is not known. However, iguanodontians, in general, had an average lifespan of about 25 years or so. Hence, it can be assumed that Dollodon probably had a similar lifespan to other iguanodontians.
Dollodon were oviparous in nature and similar to many oviparous animals, like birds, insects, or fish, they laid eggs. Once the eggs were laid, they would incubate them. Then young Dollodon would be born once the eggs hatched.
Dollodon bampingi were large dinosaurs with spikes on their backs. Their forelimbs were half in length than their hindlimbs. Scientists think that they were bipedal in nature, and they only walked on all four limbs only if they were moving slowly or standing still.
Many fragmentary dinosaur bones of Dollodon have been found by paleontologists. Paleontologists have even been able to make an almost complete Dollodon skeleton. However, how many bones they had in total is not known.
It's not known how Dollodon communicated with each other. However, we can only assume that they probably communicated through body language and by making sounds.
Dollodon was about 23 ft (7 m) in length. They were slightly smaller than Iguanodons, who were about 29.5 ft (9 m) in length.
Dollodon was quadrupedal, and they were quite large in size. It can be assumed that they were not able to move at a fast pace.
Dollodon weighed about 1653.5 lb (750 kg) on average.
Males and females of the species had no specific names.
A baby Dollodon was called a juvenile.
It's not known whether Dollodon was aggressive or not. They were herbivores in nature, so they were not aggressive towards animals when foraging for food.
There was no separate genus for the type species Dollodon bampingi or Mantellisaurus atherfieldensis. Gregory S. Paul, a freelance researcher in paleontology, erected a new genus for the species, Mantellisaurus, in 2007.
The name for the genus of this species, Mantellisaurus, honors the renowned paleontologist Gideon Mantell. He discovered Iguanodon, a species of ornithopod dinosaurs. The genus name of these giant lizards, Mantellisaurus, literally means Mantell's lizard. A holotype skull of Dollodon was discovered in the upper Vectis Formation located in southern England. Back then, the amateur paleontologist who discovered the skull, Reginald Walter Hooley, named the species Iguanodon atherfieldensis.
The Maidstone specimen was acquired by the renowned paleontologist Gideon Mantell for £25. The specimen was found in a quarry located at Maidstone, Kent. Upon testing the specimen and specifically its distinctive teeth, Gideon Mantell identified the specimen as an Iguanodon. The specimen was found incomplete, so a part of the specimen, which was thought to be a horn on the dinosaur's nose, was revealed to be a modified thumb of Dollodon upon the discovery of other better specimens later on. The Maidstone skeleton is displayed at the Natural History Museum in London currently. Get yourself a catalog of the fossil reptilia and amphibia from the British Natural History Museum and get a look at it firsthand.
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