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The Coronosaurus is a genus of hadrosaurid dinosaurs that lived in what we now call Alberta, Canada during the Middle Campanian stage of the Late Cretaceous period, about 77 million years ago. This dinosaur was known for its unusual crest on top of its head, which made it unique among other dinosaurs at the time. Among many interesting facts, Coronosauruses are currently one species shy from being considered as having descended directly from Edmontosaurus as opposed to Scutellosuchus. It had an unusually large skull crest used for communication purposes alongside poor senses, including auditory perception leading them into dangerous situations. It also had long claws that were probably used for climbing and digging in order to find food under rocks or soil. There are many interesting facts about the Coronosaurus. One fact states that it is related to the Brachiosaurus, an extinct dinosaur species known for having long front legs with four pillar-like feet on them. Coronosaurus, a small dinosaur that lived about 70 million years ago, is known for its tiny head and long neck. The Coronosaurus, or Chalicothere were a diverse group of herbivorous Eocene mammals. Coronosaurus fossil remains and bone beds from the Late Cretaceous period have been found in Alberta, Canada, and Asia, but the evolutionary relationship between them is still under debate. Some scientists think that they may belong to another extinct dinosaur lineage named embrithopods which are known for their high crowned teeth often associated with grazing animals!

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Fun Coronosaurus Facts For Kids

What did they prey on?

Plants, roots, shoots, stem, and trees

What did they eat?


Average litter size?


How much did they weigh?

8960 lb (4064.2 kg)

How long were they?

16 ft (5 m)

How tall were they?

13 ft (4 m)

What did they look like?

Reddish orange, brown, and black

Skin Type

Thick scaly

What were their main threats?

Natural disasters

Where were they found?

Grass plains, forests, and open grounds


Alberta, Canada, and China






Clade: Dinosauria



Scientific Name

Coronosaurus brinkmani

How scary were they?


How loud were they?


How intelligent were they?


Coronosaurus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Coronosaurus'?

The Latin name Coronosaurus of the Centrosaurine ceratopsid is pronounced 'Kor-o-no-saw-rus', and it means 'crown lizard with a frill'.

What type of dinosaur was a Coronosaurus?

The Coronosaurus was a Centrosaurine ceratopsid.

In which geological period did the Coronosaurus roam the earth?

80 million years ago, the Middle Campanian stage of the Cretaceous Period was the time of these dinosaurs. Two notable species that roamed the Earth were the Coronosaurus (Centrosaurus brinkmani) and Allosaurus.

When did the Coronosaurus become extinct?

The Centrosaurus brinkmani became extinct 73 million years ago.

Where did a Coronosaurus live?

The place where a Centrosaurus brinkmani lived is still unknown. However, scientists have found fossil remains and bone beds that might be from them in India and Europe.

What was a Coronosaurus's habitat?

The Centrosaurus brinkmani lived in an era where the Earth was mostly covered by water. These dinosaurs of the genus Coronosaurus lived in many shallow seas and saltwater lagoons, meaning that they were likely to be found living near coral reefs or on islands with other dinosaurs during the Middle Campanian stage of this time period.

Who did a Coronosaurus live with?

The Coronosaurus lived with a herd of Cretaceous dinosaurs with a herbivorous diet, such as the hadrosaurs.

How long did a Coronosaurus live?

The average lifespan of a Centrosaurus brinkmani of Centrosaurine ceratopsid is estimated to be about 16 years. Fossil remains record allowed scientists to make the determination that these creatures typically died at age 15-16, as their teeth were not worn down like animals who lived longer and had more wear on them from eating harder or rougher food sources.

How did they reproduce?

There is not much known about the reproduction of dinosaurs of this genus since they are an extinct species, but there have been other archosaurs found with eggs containing embryos inside them, in some cases multiple. The most common hypothesis for the Coronosaurus reproductive strategy is that this dinosaur laid clutches of 9-15 eggs on land where the parents would then protect the eggs until hatching occurred.

Coronosaurus Fun Facts

What did a Coronosaurus look like?

A Coronosaurus brinkmani of Centrosaurine ceratopsid was a massive, herbivorous dinosaur that roamed the plains of China during the Middle Campanian period of the early Cretaceous period. These animals were large and lumbering with small heads on top of long necks. It also had four legs with five toes on each foot as well as sharp claws at the end of each toe to help it get around in the dense forest where it was primarily found. Their jaws held hundreds of sharp teeth for shredding diet-like plants to digest their nutrients which would have been an incredibly tough job considering how much vegetation this animal ate in one day.

The Coronosaurus skull consisted of a crown with a frill-like structure at the top that gave it a peculiar appearance as is seen in its remains in the museum.

How many bones did a Coronosaurus have?

This dinosaur had 230 bones, but some scientists argue that it actually has more.

How did they communicate?

The Centrosaurus lizard with a separate crown (corona) with a frill on its head of the Campanian period communicated with each other in a series of squawks and chirps. They would often line up one after another, their tails pointing straight into the air to form patterns that resembled symbols or letters from an alien language!

How big was a Coronosaurus?

The Royal Coronosaurus size is considered to be one of the biggest of its time. The Coronosaurus brinkmani was a very large, long-necked dinosaur that reached 16 ft (5 m) in length. At 13 ft (4 m) tall, it would have towered above most of its contemporaries at the time and may have been one of the largest animals on land during their reign.

How fast could a Coronosaurus move?

The range of how fast a Coronosaurus could move with its number of legs is unknown, but it was estimated to be about 31 mph (49.9 kph).

How much did a Coronosaurus weigh?

Dinosaurs of the genus Coronosaurus were big and heavy at 8960 lb (4064.2 kg).

What were the male and female names of the species?

The females and males species both go by the name Coronosaurus dinosaurs.

What would you call a baby Coronosaurus?

Their babies are known as a baby Coronosaurus and have no specific scientific terms!

What did they eat?

The Coronosaurus brinkmani was a plant-eating dinosaur that ate plants, roots, shoots, and stems.

How aggressive were they?

Coronosaurus dinosaurs that lived during the Late Cretaceous were aggressive. They appeared to have a short and deep head, with small eyes and nostrils placed on top of their snout.

Did you know...

The Coronosaurus was first discovered in the Oldman Formation of Alberta, Canada by Philip J. Currie in 2005. Its discovery is noted as a significant development to palaeontology's understanding of Triceratopsidae dinosaurs' early evolution over 65 million years ago. Shepherd discovered the Latin name for this species due to the crown it had on its head.

How did the Coronosaurus get its name?

The Coronosaurus brinkmani lizard got its name from the crown-shaped (corona) osteoderms or a frill on the top of its skull. These were most likely used for defense against predators, such as the Utahraptor and Acrocanthosaurus.

How many horns did the Coronosaurus have?

The Coronosaurus brinkmani lizard of the Campanian stage had two horns on its head. The first horn was directly above their nose while another one protruded from between the eyes toward other dinosaurs. Scientists aren't entirely sure why they developed these features, but it's believed to be for purposes like defense or attracting mates as well as feeding habits such as digging up plants close to where they live.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly dinosaur facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other creatures from our Crichtonsaurus facts or Buitreraptor facts for kids.

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

Main image by Nobu Tamura

Second image by Machairo

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