Fun Canardia Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Feb 28, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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Canardia facts are interesting.

The Canardia remains were excavated from the Marnes d'Auzas Formation of the Late Cretaceous in southwest France. The name of the type species of Canardia is Canardia garonnensis. The type species of Canardia garonnensis was discovered for the first time recently in 2013.

The genus name Canardia is derived from the French word canard meaning duck. They are closely related to Aralosaurus which is considered to be the sister group of Canardia.

The genus forms the most basal Lambeosaurinae. It is believed that the ancestors of Canardia migrated from western Asia to the European archipelago and the migration took place in several phases. They evolved in Europe in the Late Maastrichtian age of the Late Cretaceous period.

Canardia Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Canardia'?

The term Canardia is pronounced as 'Ka-naa-r-di-ah'. The name is derived from the word canard, which means duck in French.

What type of dinosaur was a Canardia?

A Canardia is a type of ornithischian that forms the most basal member of the Lambeosaurinae family. These two species form a small clade Aralosaurini. Canardia belongs to the family Hadrosauridae.

In which geological period did the Canardia roam the Earth?

The Canardia garonnensis date back to the Late Cretaceous period. They were a part of the late Maastrichtian age and existed on earth around 70.6-66 million years ago.

When did the Canardia become extinct?

The Canardia garonnensis is a late Cretaceous dinosaur that lived during the late Maastrichtian age. They became extinct around 66 million years ago.

Where did Canardia live?

Canardia evolved in the European archipelago in the Late Maastrichtian age. Its remains were found from the Marnes d’Auzas Formation of southwest France.

What was the Canardia' habitat?

Canardia evolved from the basal part of the Marnes d’Auzas Formation. In the basal part of the formation, the environment evolved from habitats like the tidal marsh, coastal lagoon, and muddy swamps followed by alluvial plain and fluvial plain.

Who did the Canardia live with?

There is no information whether Canardia fossils were discovered in bone beds or they were found single. Therefore, the social structure of Canardia is unknown.

How long did a Canardia live?

Canardia existed on earth's surface around 70 million years ago. They lived for six million years and became extinct around 66 million years ago.

How did they reproduce?

They reproduced by laying eggs similar to other dinosaurs but there is no additional information regarding the reproductive behavior of Canardia. It is not possible to conclude the reproductive behaviors of animals based on fossilized remains.

Canardia Fun Facts

What did the Canardia look like?

Most of the physical description of Canardia garonnensis comes from the complete skull of the animal. The complete right maxilla is the main feature of the Canardia, it is characterized by a rostrodorsal region and protrudes in a rectangular way over the rostroventral process.

The maxilla of the Canardia proves that there were at least 26 teeth in a dental row. For a more complete description of its physical features, the discovery of a few more remains of Canardia garonnensis is important.

Canardia is known from postcranial remains.
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How many bones did a Canardia have?

The total number of bones present in the body of a Canardia garonnensis is not known, they are known from the partial remains of their skeleton. Several postcranial and cranial elements were discovered from the site.

These remains include a fully formed right maxilla, fragmentary left maxilla, an isolated dentary tooth crown, and a right articular. The postcranial remains included a left scapula, left humerus, partial right maxilla, and sternal plate.

How did they communicate?

Similar to all dinosaurs, Canardia communicated with the help of vocalizations.

How big was the Canardia?

A Canardia was a small-sized dinosaur, its length ranged up to 12.5 ft (3.8 m). They were shorter than Huabeisaurus.

How fast could a Canardia move?

Canardia garonnensis was not a very large dinosaur, this made them fast-moving than other large dinosaurs but their speed has not been determined.

How much did a Canardia weigh?

The average weight of a Canardia ranged around 595 lb (269.8 kg).

What were the male and female names of the species?

The male and the female species do not have any specific name, both of them were referred to as Canardia.

What would you call a baby Canardia?

The baby of a Canardia is called a nestling or a hatchling.

How aggressive were they?

Canardia garonnensis was strictly a herbivore in nature, they were far less aggressive and greedy than the flesh-eating predators.

Did You Know…

The name Canardia of the animal is an allusion to the fact that the dinosaur belongs to the family of hadrosaurids which includes all the duck-billed dinosaurs.

The name arises from the French word 'canard' which means duck. The specific name Canardia garonnensis is in reference to the place where the dinosaur was found, it refers to the Haute-Garonne department of Marnes d'Auzas Formation.

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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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