Fun Xixiasaurus Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Mar 22, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Pradhanya Rao
The Xixiasaurus was discovered in China.
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Age: 3-18
Read time: 2.0 Min

The Xixiasaurus henanensis is a type of troodontid theropod dinosaur whose fossils were found in Xixia County, Henan Province in central China. The area is part of the Xixia Basin that also has the Majiacun Formation. It was described as a genus by Lü Junchang.

The fossils became the holotype specimen of this species. Xixiasaurus henanensis translates to 'Henan Xixia lizard'. The fossil specimen consists of the skull, parts of the lower jaw, and parts of the right forelimb.

Xixiasaurus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Xixiasaurus'?

Xixiasaurus is pronounced as 'Ze-ze-ah-sore-us.'

What type of dinosaur was a Xixiasaurus?

It was a type of troodontid theropod dinosaur.

In which geological period did the Xixiasaurus roam the Earth?

They belonged to the Late Cretaceous era.

When did the Xixiasaurus become Extinct?

It is not clear when exactly this troodontid dinosaur of central China became Extinct.

Where did Xixiasaurus live?

The Xixiasaurus fossils were recovered from the Xixia County in central China.

What was the Xixiasaurus' habitat?

The natural habitat of the Xixiasaurus was terrestrial plains.

Who did the Xixiasaurus live with?

It is unknown whether the species lived in herds or alone.

How long did a Xixiasaurus live?

The lifespan of the species is unknown.

How did they reproduce?

The Xixiasaurus' reproduced via eggs.

Xixiasaurus Fun Facts

What did the Xixiasaurus look like?

It was lightly built. The fossil specimen consists of a long skull with a low snout, enlarged sickle claws on the second toe, serrated teeth from both jaws, especially the upper jaw, and the nasal bones. They had large eye sockets and probably large brains. They also had long legs which made them agile.

Xixiasaurus was discovered in 2010.

How many bones did a Xixiasaurus have?

The exact number of the bones is unknown.

How did they communicate?

Their methods of communication are unknown.

How big was the Xixiasaurus?

The Xixiasaurus was not a very big theropod. Its length was 5 ft (1.5 m).

How fast could a Xixiasaurus move?

The speed of the species is unknown.

How much did a Xixiasaurus weigh?

The weight of the Xixiasaurus is 18 lb (8 kg).

What were the male and female names of the species?

No separate names were given to the different sexes of the species.

What would you call a baby Xixiasaurus?

A baby Xixiasaurus can be called a hatchling.

How aggressive were they?

Their level of aggression is unknown.

Did You Know…

Due to their teeth structure, their diet style is not clear nor do we know how strong the teeth were.

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

**We've been unable to source an image of Xixiasaurus and have used an image of Coelophysis instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Xixiasaurus, 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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Pradhanya RaoBachelor of Commerce specializing in Marketing and HR

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