Fun Fukuititan Facts For Kids

Akinwalere Olaleye
Oct 25, 2022 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Apr 05, 2022
Fukuititan facts give information about these sauropod dinosaurs.
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The discovery of the Fukuititan specimen revealed a lot. This dinosaur was named based on the location the specimen was found (Titan from Fukui prefecture) and the type ‬'F. nipponensis' means ‘from Japan’. 125 million years ago these dinosaurs inhabited the island, falling within the early cretaceous age. 

Fukuititan nipponensis was a type of sauropod but smaller than its cousins. Based on this classification, it was regarded as a herbivore. To access plants, these dinosaurs evolved with long necks. Only one specimen has been discovered, based on which the characteristics of this dinosaur were ascribed by researchers.

Fukuititan Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Fukuititan'?

Fukuititan is pronounced as 'Fu-ku-e-ty-tan'.

What type of dinosaur was a Fukuititan?

Fukuititan nipponensis was a type of basal titanosauriform sauropod dinosaurs.

In which geological period did the Fukuititan roam the Earth?

Paleontologists believe that these sauropods roamed the earth during the Barremian stage (129.4 to 125 million years ago) of the early cretaceous epoch.

When did the Fukuititan become extinct?

This titanosauriform sauropod would have become extinct by the end of the Barremian stage of the early cretaceous period.

Where did Fukuititan live?

The fossils of the Fukuititan were discovered from the Kitadani Dinosaur Quarry (type locality), Barremian terrestrial sandstone, Kitadani Formation, Japan.

What was the Fukuititans' habitat?

Fukuititan nipponensis was a terrestrial or ground-dwelling dinosaur. It is not known if they were territorial.

Who did the Fukuititan live with?

Fukuititan may have lived with ‬other sauropods, Fukuisaurus (hadrosaur), the ‬Fukuiraptor (megaraptoran theropod‭),‭ ‬Psittacosaurus, dromaeosaurs,‭ and ornithopod dinosaurs.

How long did a Fukuititan live?

Researchers are yet to reveal this fact.

How did they reproduce?

This early cretaceous dinosaur from Japan would have reproduced by laying eggs.

Fukuititan Fun Facts

What did the Fukuititan look like?

Compared to other sauropods, Fukuititan nipponensis was a smaller species. Researchers believe this was an adaptation to survive in a smaller landmass. Their form was spherical. Based on the features, this dinosaur was classed as a basal member of the titanosaur. We don't know if they were slimy.

The classification of this genus was based on the features of the specimen.

How many bones did a Fukuititan have?

Fukuititan nipponensis holotype (FPDM-V8468) includes a partial skeleton. The body fossil (3D) included teeth (3); cervical arches (2); caudal vertebrae (3); both humeri, radii, and ischia; partial scapula; right metacarpal; and partial right femur. We don't know how strong their tooth was.

How did they communicate?

The communication style of these sauropods has yet to be described.

How big was the Fukuititan?

The estimated size of the Fukuititan nipponensis was 32.8 ft (10 m). They were much bigger than Fosterovenator.

How fast could a Fukuititan move?

The speed by which the Fukuititan moved has not been described.

How much did a Fukuititan weigh?

The dinosaur's weight is not known.

What were the male and female names of the species?

They will be referred to as adults.

What would you call a baby Fukuititan?

The baby would be referred to as a juvenile.

How aggressive were they?

The nature of these sauropods still needs to be defined. We don't know if they would have bitten.

Did You Know…

Fukuititan is the first known sauropod discovered in Japan.

*Please note that this is an image of a Mamenchisaurus, not a Fukuititan. If you have an image of a Fukuititan please let us know at hello@kidadl.com.

*Please note that this is an image of a Phuwiangosaurus, not a Fukuititan. If you have an image of a Fukuititan please let us know at hello@kidadl.com.

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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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