Fun Craterosaurus Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Apr 18, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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Craterosaurus facts talk about its fossils.
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Age: 3-18
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Craterosaurus, which means krater reptile or bowl reptile, was a stegosaurid dinosaur that lived during the Early Cretaceous period. The only known type species, Craterosaurus Potonensis, was described by Harry Seeley in 1874, who had mistaken the fossil for the base of the skull. The specific name refers to Potton's bone bed.

Craterosaurus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Craterosaurus'?

Craterosaurus is pronounced as 'Cra-ter-o-sore-us'.

What type of dinosaur was a Craterosaurus?

Craterosaurus, which means krater reptile or bowl reptile, was a stegosaurid dinosaur that lived during the Early Cretaceous period. Its classification also states that it belongs to the Thyreophora clade.

In which geological period did the Craterosaurus roam the Earth?

Craterosaurus inhabited the Earth during the Lower Cretaceous period. However, the Craterosaurus pottonensis fossils are not the oldest ever discovered.

When did the Craterosaurus become extinct?

It is unknown when these British dinosaurs became extinct from the face of the Earth.

Where did Craterosaurus live?

The fossil of Craterosaurus pottonensis was found in the Woburn Sands Formation, England.

What was the Craterosauruss' habitat?

The habitat of Craterosaurus is unknown due to a lack of data.

Who did the Craterosaurus live with?

The social structure of Craterosaurus remains unknown due to the lack of discovery of fossils.

How long did a Craterosaurus live?

Craterosaurus fossils do not tell us how long they lived.

How did they reproduce?

It is known that they reproduced by laying eggs, like other dinosaurs.

Craterosaurus Fun Facts

What did the Craterosaurus look like?

Paleontologists found only one partial vertebra of a Craterosaurus pottonensis, and therefore we don't know what this specimen looks like. However, they are thought to be armored dinosaurs.

Paleontologists found only one partial vertebra of this species.

How many bones did a Craterosaurus have?

We are unaware of the total number of bones these dinosaurs had.

How did they communicate?

It is presumed that these dinosaurs, too, communicated by audible and visual signals.

How big was the Craterosaurus?

Craterosaurus belonged to the genus of a stegosaurian dinosaur who was 13 ft (3.9 m) long. However, they were much shorter than the Gobititan.

How fast could a Craterosaurus move?

Due to a lack of data, we do not know how fast a Craterosaurus could move.

How much did a Craterosaurus weigh?

It has been estimated Craterosaurus used to weigh roughly around 1234.59 lb (560 kg).

What were the male and female names of the species?

The male and female species of these dinosaurs do not have any specific names.

What would you call a baby Craterosaurus?

They would normally be called a juvenile.

How aggressive were they?

Due to a lack of data, little is known about either this species' aggression or the power of its teeth.

Did You Know…

It is assumed that it can be a junior synonym for Regnosaurus.

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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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