Fun Asylosaurus Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Jan 31, 2024 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Feb 25, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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Asylosaurus yalensis was a species of sauropodomorph dinosaur that belonged to the Asylosaurus genus. The literal meaning of the name is sanctuary lizard.

Asylosaurus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Asylosaurus'?

The phonetic pronunciation of Asylosaurus is 'A-sil-o-sore-us', and the meaning of the name is 'sanctuary lizard'.

What type of dinosaur was an Asylosaurus?

Asylosaurus yalensis was a type species of sauropodomorph that belonged to the genus of Asylosaurus.

In which geological period did the Asylosaurus roam the Earth?

Asylosaurus roamed the Earth during the upper Triassic period, mainly around 208.5 million years ago.

When did the Asylosaurus become extinct?

It's not known when exactly Asylosaurus became extinct. However, they lived during the Rhaetian age, so they probably went extinct around 201 million years ago in the Triassic–Jurassic mass extinction event when the Triassic period ended.

Where did Asylosaurus live?

The only Asylosaurus specimen that scientists found to date has been discovered from southwest England, so Asylosaurus probably lived in England.

What was the Asylosauruss' habitat?

The upper Triassic period Asylosaurus were terrestrial dinosaurs, so they lived on land, mainly in caves.

Who did the Asylosaurus live with?

It's not known whether Asylosaurus lived in groups. However, scientists consider that sauropods, in general, lived in same-age or mixed-age groups.

How long did an Asylosaurus live?

It's not known how long Asylosaurus lived, but large sauropods, in general, lived for around 70-80 years.

How did they reproduce?

Asylosaurus were oviparous, and it means that they laid eggs to give birth to their young ones.

Asylosaurus Fun Facts

What did the Asylosaurus look like?

Asylosaurus yalensis had a relatively smaller body than other sauropods, but they still had a large body with a long neck and a long tail. They had long hindlimbs and short forelimbs, which means that they were bipedal in nature.

Asylosaurus yalensis is the type species of this genus.
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How many bones did an Asylosaurus have?

The exact number of bones these dinosaurs had is not known.

How did they communicate?

It can only be assumed that these dinosaurs communicated through visual displays and by making sounds like many other dinosaurs.

How big was the Asylosaurus?

Asylosaurus used to be around 6.6 ft (2 m) in length.

How fast could an Asylosaurus move?

Asylosaurus were bipedal, which means that they could run at a faster pace than many other sauropods.

How much did an Asylosaurus weigh?

The average weight of an Asylosaurus was assumed to be around 55 lb (25 kg).

What were the male and female names of the species?

Males and females of this species have no specific names.

What would you call a baby Asylosaurus?

A baby Asylosaurus is called a juvenile.

How aggressive were they?

It's not known whether Asylosaurus was aggressive or not. We can only assume that they probably became aggressive when they were in danger.

Did you know…

The species Asylosaurus yalensis from their genus Asylosaurus was described by scientists from a partial skeleton of the dinosaur's torso region that they found in England. This partial skeleton included a hand, humeri (upper arm), gastralia, back vertebrae, a partial forearm, a shoulder girdle, ribs, and some additional bones.

The partial remains of the Asylosaurus were discovered in 1834. Then those partial remains were moved to Yale University around 1888-1890. These remains miraculously escaped destruction from a bomb explosion during Second World War in 1940.

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Asylosaurus Facts

What Did They Prey On?

N/A

what Type of Animal were they?

Herbivore

Average Litter Size?

N/A

What Did They Look Like?

Long hindlimbs, short forelimbs, long neck

How Much Did They Weigh?

55 lb (25 kg)

Skin Type

Scales

How Long Were They?

6.6 ft (2 m)

How Tall Were They?

N/A

Kingdom

Animalia

Class

Reptilia

Genus

Asylosaurus

Family

Sauropodomorpha (Clade)

Scientific Name

Asylosaurus yalensis

What Were Their Main Threats?

Predators

What Habitat Did They Live In?

Southwest England

Where Did They Live?

Southwest England
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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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