15 Roar-some Facts About The Zhuchengosaurus That Kids Will Love

Joan Agie
Jan 13, 2023 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on Jan 12, 2023
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The Zhuchengosaurus is also known as the Zhengosaurus. The fossil specimens of the dinosaur were discovered in 2007 during the dinosaur expedition at Zhucheng in China.

It was organized by the Tourism Bureau of Zhucheng and Chinese Academy of Sciences. The dinosaur was named the species Zhuchengosaurus maximus by Zhao et al. 2007.

The dinosaur was identified by studying the fossilized remains of its skull bones, limb bones, and parts of the vertebrae. The Zhuchengosaurus genus is extremely similar in its features to other large hadrosaurid dinosaurs found in the Zhucheng region of China.

Zhuchengosaurus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Zhuchengosaurus'?

It is pronounced as zoo-chen-go-saw-rus.

What type of dinosaur was a Zhuchengosaurus?

The Zhuchengosaurus was a dinosaur under the scientific order Ornithischia. 

In which geological period did the Zhuchengosaurus roam the Earth?

Zhuchengosaurus existed during the Campaniense period of the Middle Cretaceous age, almost 100 years ago.

When did the Zhuchengosaurus become extinct?

There is no exact data, but it can be estimated that these dinosaurs became extinct roughly 66 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous era.

Where did Zhuchengosaurus live?

Zhuchengosaurs are considered terrestrial animals.

What was the Zhuchengosaurus' habitat?

Like other hadrosaurines, Zhuchengosaurs might have lived in inland habitats, probably lakeshores and alluvial planes. 

Who did the Zhuchengosaurus live with?

The information regarding their living conditions, like if they lived solo or in groups, has not been established yet for lack of specific resources.

How long did a Zhuchengosaurus live?

The lifespan of an average Zhuchengosaurus is not known for its lack of data. However, looking at the animals' fossil features found in the cretaceous period in China, it was one of the grown dinosaurs at the time.

How did they reproduce?

The reproductive processes of these dinosaurs are unclear for lack of data.

Zhuchengosaurus Fun Facts

What did the Zhuchengosaurus look like

Zhuchengosaurus maximus, measures a whopping 54.4 ft (16.6 m) in length. However, the complete data regarding their whole outlook is insufficient.

But based on the fossil specimen discovered in China, they probably had small forelimbs and tough hind legs. They also lacked teeth in their beaks, while the jaw of these dinosaurs had around 1,500 tiny chewing teeth enabling them to chew plant-based food comfortably. Contrary to popular belief, they did not have feathers.

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How many bones did a Zhuchengosaurus have?

The fossil specimen found in China includes bone features like skull remains, limb bones, and vertebrae shards. However, there are not enough specimens to determine the complete composition of the dinosaur's bones. 

How did they communicate?

The communication process of the animal has not been researched extensively. But based on the limited evidence found on these dinosaurs, it can be shown that there was a large hole near the nostrils that may have been covered by a loose flap of skin, which could have helped in communication by inflating it to make various sounds.

How big was the Zhuchengosaurus?

The remains of the dinosaur suggest that it was approximately 54.4 ft (16.6 m) long and is one of the largest hadrosaurines. 

How fast could a Zhuchengosaurus move?

The speed of this genus is yet to be researched. But keeping in mind the size, it can be hypothesized that the animal was slow, probably capable of gaining speed in short sprints. 

How much did a Zhuchengosaurus weigh?

This dinosaur species weighed around 32000 lb (14515 kg), based on speculations from studying its fossils. 

What were the male and female names of the species?

More distinctive fossils of the dinosaur need to be discovered and studied to distinguish the gender of the species.

What would you call a baby Zhuchengosaurus?

Like any newborn dinosaur, Zhuchengosaurus babies can also be called hatchlings.

How aggressive were they?

There is no data regarding the behavior of the dinosaurs to determine if it was aggressive animal. 

Did you know…

Zhuchengosaurus was named after the place it was found - Zhucheng, Shandong Province of China.

The name Zhuchengosaurus means 'lizard from Zhucheng'.

The Zhuchengosaurus maximus is regarded as a synonym for another species, Shantungosaurus giganteus discovered and named in 1973. 

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shantungosaurus

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https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hai-Xing/publication/270912185_Comparative_Osteology_and_Phylogenetic_Relationship_of_Edmontosaurus_and_Shantungosaurus_Dinosauria_Hadrosauridae_from_the_Upper_Cretaceous_of_North_America_and_East_Asia/links/5af12922aca272bf42557ce3/Comparative-Osteology-and-Phylogenetic-Relationship-of-Edmontosaurus-and-Shantungosaurus-Dinosauria-Hadrosauridae-from-the-Upper-Cretaceous-of-North-America-and-East-Asia.pdf

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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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