Fun Dandakosaurus Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Jan 31, 2024 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Mar 01, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Sakshi Raturi
Dandakosaurus belong to the early Jurassic period.
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Dandakosaurus fossil was discovered between 1958-1961 in the Kota formation of Andhra Pradesh, India. Only a partial pubis fossil was found in this discovery. The name of the Dandakaranya lizard was given to the Dandakosaurus genus in India. In 1982, the type species of Dandakaranya lizard was named Dandakosaurus indicus by Yadagiri.

The genus of this dinosaur is nomen dubium, which means the classification of the genus is unknown or doubtful. Currently, the classification of a theropod dinosaur is given to Dandakosaurus. There are opinions among paleontologists that the Dandakosaurus genus is a ceratosaur or basal tetanuran.

Dandakosaurus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Dandakosaurus'?

Dandakosaurus is pronounced as 'Dan-dak-oh-sawr-us'.

What type of dinosaur was a Dandakosaurus?

The classification of Dandakosaurus or Dandakaranya lizard is disputed. Currently, it is classified as an averostran theropod dinosaur.

In which geological period did the Dandakosaurus roam the Earth?

Dandakosaurus lived in the Toarchian stage of the early Jurassic period.

When did the Dandakosaurus become extinct?

Dandakosaurus roamed the Earth 183-175 million years ago, during the early Jurassic period, and became extinct during the mid-Jurrasic period.

Where did Dandakosaurus live?

The fossils of Dandakosaurus were found in Andhra Pradesh, a south-eastern country in India.

What was the Dandakosaurus's habitat?

The habitat of the Dandakosaurus was in Andhra Pradesh, India. This coastal region's floodplain was populated because of the vegetation. It was a good hunting area for predatory dinosaurs.

Who did the Dandakosaurus live with?

No evidence is present about whether Dandakosaurus lived in herds or individually.

How long did a Dandakosaurus live?

These dinosaurs lived between 183 - 175 million years ago. The early Jurassic age during which Dandakosaurus were alive ended 174.1 million years ago with the beginning of the middle Jurassic age.

How did they reproduce?

These dinosaurs from the early Jurassic period were oviparous and lay eggs for reproduction.

Dandakosaurus Fun Facts

What did the Dandakosaurus look like?

The appearance of Dandakosaurus is difficult to discern since the only fossil found was a partial pubis. Since, it is carnosaurs, the distinct features of carnosaurs dinosaurs like a long narrow skull, big eyes, and the femur being bigger than the tibia can be associated with Dandakosaurus.

Dandakosaurus were present in India during the early Jurassic period.
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How many bones did a Dandakosaurus have?

Since the only remains of Dandakosaurus were partial pubis, it is difficult to know the number of bones that they had.

How did they communicate?

Not much is known about how Dandakosaurus communicated.

How big was the Dandakosaurus?

This theropod dinosaur was 33 ft (10 m) in length. They were much bigger than Sarcolostes.

How fast could a Dandakosaurus move?

Not enough information is available about Dandakosaurus and its movement

How much did a Dandakosaurus weigh?

Dandakosaurus weighed 5070.6 lb (2300 kg).

What were the male and female names of the species?

There were no specific names given to the male and female species of the Dandakosaurus.

What would you call a baby Dandakosaurus?

No evidence suggests there was a separate name for a baby Dandakosaurus.

How aggressive were they?

It is difficult to find evidence about the aggression of these very rare species. However, it was a carnosaurian dinosaur so it is believed that they were aggressive.

Did You Know…

Aves, which is the class of modern-day birds are the only averostra clade sub-group that survived the extinction of the dinosaurs. 

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Fun Dandakosaurus Facts For Kids

How Much Did They Weigh?

5070.6 lb (2300 kg)

Skin Type

Scales

How Long Were They?

33 ft (10 m)

How Tall Were They?

N/A

Kingdom

Animalia

Class

Reptilia

Genus

Dandakosaurus

Family

Averostra

Scientific Name

Dandakosaurus indicus

What Were Their Main Threats?

Natural disaster
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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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