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SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

Did You Know? 19 Incredible Pawpawsaurus Facts For Kids

Pawpawsaurus facts on a unique dinosaur.

Pawpawsaurus stands for the meaning 'pawpaw lizard', which was named after the paw paw formation. Pawpawsaurus species were unique dinosaur species and were known primarily owing to their skull. Pawpawsaurus was known by its scientific name Pawpawsaurus campbelli. Pawpawsaurus (Pawpawsaurus campbelli) was primarily a herbivorous dinosaur that had an accurate sense of smell, which is unlike other theropod species, however. They lived through the Albian to the Cretaceous geographic period.

The Pawpawsaurus was a dinosaur of Tarrant county located in Texas. It was discovered in May 1992 in the paw paw formation. The only part discovered being their complete skull excluding their mandibles. Pawpawsaurus (Pawpawsaurus campbelli) had a good sense of smell as well as sensory capabilities as per studies conducted based on the skull of the Pawpawsaurus. For more relatable content, check out these Paranthodon and Nanosaurus.

Pawpawsaurus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Pawpawsaurus'?

Pawpawsaurus (Pawpawsaurus campbelli) is pronounced 'paw-paw-sore-us'.

What type of dinosaur was a Pawpawsaurus?

Pawpawsaurus (Pawpawsaurus campbelli) was a type of nodosaurid ankylosaur with an accurate sense of smell.

In which geological period did the Pawpawsaurus roam the earth?

They lived in the albian to the Cretaceous geographic period. The geographic period of such dinosaurs was estimated from C.T scans of such early cretaceous beings. In the case of the Pawpawsaurus the skull of Pawpawsaurus stood as a basis to estimate the same.

When did the Pawpawsaurus become extinct?

Pawpawsaurus similar to other dinosaurs species became extinct about 65 million years ago. They existed on earth for about 165 million years.

Where did a Pawpawsaurus live?

Pawpawsaurus lived in forests and grasslands mostly specifically in the modern-day USA, Texas, Tarrant county paw paw formation where their fossil was first found.

What was a Pawpawsaurus's habitat?

Pawpawsaurus habitat constitutes forests and grasslands in USA, Texas, Tarrant county paw paw formation. These early cretaceous beings were primarily herbivores, hence they would reside close to a habitat range where they could easily access food.

Who did a Pawpawsaurus live with?

Pawpawsaurus lived with other species of their own kind. They belong to the family tree Dinosauria Ornithischia.

How long did a Pawpawsaurus live?

Pawpawsaurus lived in Texas about 100 million years ago. Their exact life expectancy is not known. Their fossil was found by the paw paw formation in Tarrant county, Texas in May 1922 and they have been kept well preserved.

How did they reproduce?

These dinosaurs reproduced similar to other primitive dinosaur species, through sexual reproduction. Males and females were similar in appearance and they were similar in appearance. These early cretaceous are equally involved in raising their young. The young hatchlings were protected at all times until they became independent.

Pawpawsaurus Fun Facts

What did a Pawpawsaurus look like?

Pawpawsaurus belong to the family tree Dinosauria Ornithischia. They had a small head with eyes and a mouth. They didn't possess sharp teeth and primarily consumed a herbivorous diet. Pawpawusaurur has a short neck followed by their body and a tail at the end of their body. They have a relatively bulky body and four legs with feet. They have an armored plate across their back which is their unique identifying feature and their brain which was found in the form of a fossil.

Pawpawsaurus have an armored plate across their back.

How many bones did a Pawpawsaurus have?

Pawpawsaurus skeleton constitutes their brain, which is the most important part, followed by their inner ear. They were primarily identified from their skull. The skull assisted the paleontologists in reconstructing the brain, nasal cavity, and inner ear and utilized a CT scan to find new anatomical structures. They have excellent hearing skills from their inner ear.

Apart from their skull, they possess a spinal cord and their ribcage which protects their internal organs and their hindlimbs and forelimbs. Both the bones in the hindlimbs and the forelimbs were of equal height and length. They have paws with strong claws at the end. A complete skeletal/bony structure of this species was only obtained digitally except for their skull as compared to other primitive species models which were observed in real based on fossils. They have an armored plate across their back which helps distinguish them from other species of dinosaurs and comprises part of their exoskeleton. This is seen in the paw paw formation located in Texas. The installation includes post cranial remains as well.

How did they communicate?

All primitive dinosaurs communicated through vocal and visual means. The most basic means of communication for such a primitive early cretaceous species was their body language.

How big was a Pawpawsaurus?

Pawpawsaurus belong to the family tree Dinosauria Ornithischia and is 16-20 ft (4.9-6.1 m) in length, which is ten times bigger than the compsognathus, which is 3.3 ft (1 m) in length.

How fast could a Pawpawsaurus move?

Pawpawsaurus dinosaur belongs to the family tree Dinosauria Ornithischia. Their exact speed has not been evaluated. Owing to their form they moved at moderate speeds.

How much did a Pawpawsaurus weigh?

The Pawpawsaurus dinosaur exact weight is not known. Their models were created digitally for the most part except their skull hence it is difficult to estimate their weight.

What were the male and female names of the species?

Male and female species were not addressed differently. They differed in reproductive functions and were similar in appearance.

What would you call a baby Pawpawsaurus?

A baby Pawpawsaurus was called a hatchling since they hatch from their shell. The young was dependent on its parent for all its needs.

What did they eat?

This dinosaur from the early cretaceous period their diet is primarily herbivorous, they consumed plant-based food. Compared to carnivorous dinosaurs they had excellent senses and to keep themselves safe from possible predators. They consumed food that was available within their habitat, in Texas in specific in paw paw formation Texas, Tarrant county.

How aggressive were they?

These species were found in paw paw formation Texas, Tarrant county and were aggressive only if they are harmed. Their whole outer system is developed based on CT scans. They had a big brain and their skull is the only fossil that is retrieved authentically, which helped in developing their nasal passages. The nasal cavities and their new anatomical features were discovered through the same. The paw paw formation includes their postcranial remains as well. Their cranial scans show that they may have lacked a flocculus found in ankylosaurids a part of their brain concerned with fine motor skills.

Did you know...

New nodosaurid-related dinosaur species to the Pawpawsaurus had two different specimens within the same family. New nodosaurid is similar to the older species.

Why is it called Pawpawsaurus?

The Pawpawsaurus was called so primarily because it's found in paw paw formation, in Texas, Tarrant county. Pawpawsaurus means 'pawpaw lizard'. Pawpaw skull was the only fossil available and the remaining parts have been created digitally. The paw paw formation produces another nodosaurid which may prove to be something related to the Pawpawsaurus. Nodosaurid was an armored dinosaur seen in North America. Nodosaurid found in North America also possessed bony eyelids found in ankylosaurids and the nodosaurid shared striking similarities with the Pawpawsaurus. Ankylosaurs possess bony eyelids and were categorized into two lesser armored ankylosaurs and heavily fortified ankylosaurs.

Did the Pawpawsaurus have good sensory abilities?

Yes, they do have sensory abilities, however, it's relatively less as compared to other dinosaurs like the nodosaurid. Nodosaurid is considered to be a similar dinosaur. Pawpawsaurus (Pawpawsaurus campbelli) had a good sense of smell as well as sensory capabilities as per studies conducted based on the skull of the Pawpawsaurus. They were intelligent beings.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly dinosaur facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these Pleurocoelus facts, or Fukuivenator facts for kids.

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

Main image by Biswarup Ganguly.

Second image by Abyssal.

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

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