Fun Sarcolestes Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Mar 24, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Sakshi Raturi
Sarcolestes remains show us that they were not carnivorous dinosaurs.
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Age: 3-18
Read time: 2.3 Min

Sarcolestes specimen was discovered by Paleontologist Alfred Nicholas Leeds and the type species was named after him by Richard Lydekker in 1893. The fossils were found in Oxford Clay, England. The fossils that were discovered only consisted of the lower jaw of the dinosaur.

There was one tooth and two tips of crowns found in this jaw. Richard Lydekker had first classified this dinosaur as a Theropod in the Thecodontosauridae group. Later, Sarcolestes was discovered to be a herbivore and was placed in the Nodosauridae group.

Because less of the fossils were found, the classification and existence of the Sarcolestes genus are doubted by others in this field.

Sarcolestes Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Sarcolestes'?

Sarcolestes is pronounced as 'Sar-co-les-teez'.

What type of dinosaur was a Sarcolestes?

Sarcolestes was an Ankylosaurian dinosaur.

In which geological period did the Sarcolestes roam the Earth?

Sarcolestes roamed the Earth during the mid Jurassic to late Jurassic period.

When did the Sarcolestes become extinct?

Sarcolestes became extinct about 160 million years ago.

Where did Sarcolestes live?

Sarcolestes lived in England.

What was the Sarcolestes' habitat?

The Sarcolestes lived in floodplains near streams or rivers.

Who did the Sarcolestes live with?

It is unknown if they lived in herds or individually.

How long did a Sarcolestes live?

No evidence is available on the average age of this dinosaur

How did they reproduce?

They reproduced by laying eggs.

Sarcolestes Fun Facts

What did the Sarcolestes look like?

Sarcolestes belonged to a genus that was armored dinosaurs with a body similar to a turtle. They walked on four short but strong limbs. The group that it belongs to is known as curved lizards because of their curvy back.

This genus lived during the mid to late Jurassic period.

 

How many bones did a Sarcolestes have?

Not much information is known about how many bones a Sarcolestes had.

How did they communicate?

No evidence is available about their communication methods.

How big were the Sarcolestes?

The exact dimensions are not known but they are estimated to be 10 ft (3 m) long. They are much smaller than Dandakosaurus.

How fast could a Sarcolestes move?

The speed of their movement is not known.

How much did a Sarcolestes weigh?

The weight is not known since only the lower jaw of a Sarcolestes was discovered.

What were the male and female names of the species?

There were no different names for the male and female specimens of the Sarcolestes leedsi.

What would you call a baby Sarcolestes?

There was no separate name given to a baby Sarcolestes.

How aggressive were they?

It is not known if they had an aggressive nature.

Did You Know…

Richard Lydekker, who named these quite rare species, Sarcolestes, thought it was a carnivorous dinosaur and belonged to the Theropod classification. This is also the reason why its name means 'flesh robber' even though this dinosaur is a herbivore.

**We've been unable to source an image of Sarcolostes and have used an image of T-Rex instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Sarcolostes, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at hello@kidadl.com.

*We've been unable to source an image of Sarcolostes and have used an image of Edmontonia instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Sarcolostes, 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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