Fun Amtosaurus 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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Amtosaurus facts are enlightening!
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Age: 3-18
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Fossils of the Amtosaurus, an ornithischian dinosaur, belonging to the Upper Cretaceous epoch, were excavated from the Bayan Shireh Formation located in Amtgai, Gobi Desert, Mongolia. The authenticity of this genus has been widely debated and questioned by many researchers, and the lack of evidence has forestalled further analysis. 

Nevertheless, another fragmentary specimen comprising an incomplete skull roof and a braincase recovered from the Bissekty Formation in Uzbekistan had aroused a similar confusion among numerous researchers and paleontologists from around the world. 

However, in 2004, Paul Barret and Jolyon Parish classified the species Amtosaurus archibaldi under new taxonomy and a new genus called Bissektipelta. In 'Lower and Middle Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystems (New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 14)', the evolution, characteristics, as well as extirpation of ankylosaurids have been analyzed.

Amtosaurus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Amtosaurus'?

The term 'Amtosaurus' can be broken up into 'Am-to-sore-us'.

What type of reptile was an Amtosaurus?

Amtosaurus magnus is believed to be an ornithischian dinosaur.

In which geological period did the Amtosaurus roam the Earth?

The Amtosaurus dwelled on the Earth about 84-101 million years ago during the Cenomanian stage of the Late Cretaceous.

When did the Amtosaurus become extinct?

It is not really known when these dinosaurs went extinct.

Where did Amtosaurus live?

Fossils of the Amtosaurus excavated from the dig site of the Bayan Shireh Formation located in Mongolia provide evidence that these ornithischian dinosaurs resided in what is today known as East Asia.

What was the Amtosaurus's' habitat?

Amtosaurus magnus lived confined in terrestrial habitats.

Who did the Amtosaurus live with?

Information about the social habits of Amtosaurus magnus is not known.

How long did an Amtosaurus live?

The average life span of Amtosaurus magnus remains undeciphered.

How did they reproduce?

It is assumed that these dinosaurs engaged in oviparous reproduction by laying eggs.

Amtosaurus Fun Facts

What did the Amtosaurus look like?

There's no evidence from where suggestions about the physical appearance of the Amtosaurus can be drawn.

Facts about Amtosaurus reveal about armored dinosaurs.

How many bones did an Amtosaurus have?

The genus was constructed depending upon the fossilized evidence of a fragmentary skull.

How did they communicate?

It can be inferred that, like all other dinosaurs, the Amtosaurus communicated with the help of vocalizations and bodily displays.

How big was the Amtosaurus?

The size of the Amtosaurus is not known due to insufficient data about its skeletal structure.

How fast could an Amtosaurus move?

Although the accurate speed range of the species couldn't be computed, it's known that the dinosaur was actively mobile.

How much did an Amtosaurus weigh?

The incomplete structure of the dinosaur has made it impossible to ascertain its weight.

What were the male and female names of the species?

Male and female dinosaurs do not have sex-based attributions. So, in this case, you can refer to the dinosaur as a male or female Amtosaurus.

What would you call a baby Amtosaurus?

Baby dinosaurs are commonly called young.

How aggressive were they?

Traits of aggression couldn't be figured out from the limited resources. Amtosaurus engaged in a herbivorous diet, so it can be assumed that they weren't as aggressive as the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Did You Know…

The generic name of the species implies 'Amtgai lizard' because Amtgai is the location of the discovery while 'sauros' in Greek stands for lizard.

*We've been unable to source an image of Amtosaurus and have used an image of Styracosaurus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Amtosaurus, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at hello@kidadl.com.

*We've been unable to source an image of Amtosaurus and have used an image of Nipponosaurus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Amtosaurus, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at hello@kidadl.com.

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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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