Fun Kunmingosaurus Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Jan 31, 2024 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Feb 28, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Sakshi Raturi
Kunmingosaurus facts are all about a primitive sauropod of the Early Jurassic period.
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Kunmingosaurus wudingensis was a primitive sauropod of the Early Jurassic Period that existed about 200 million years ago. Their fossils were excavated in the year 1992 from the Yunnan Province of the People's Republic of China. Just like other sauropods, these dinosaurs were extremely bulky with large necks and thick legs. They led a herbivorous diet and foraged on all kinds of plants.

In a manner akin to other reptiles, they were egg-laying animals and territorial in nature and protected their eggs. The adults may have moved socially or in small herds in their juvenile phase. They weighed about 4600 lb (2086.5 kg) with an average body length of 29 ft (8.8 m).

Not much information is available regarding the full anatomy and physiology of Kunmingosaurus, as their genus is not formally described yet. On the basis of the research conducted by paleontologists, we can portray these creatures with similarities to the anatomical characteristics of the sauropods.

Keep reading to learn more interesting facts about Kunmingosaurus.

Kunmingosaurus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Kunmingosaurus'?

Kunmingosaurus is pronounced as 'Kun-ming-o-sor-us'.

What type of dinosaur was a Kunmingosaurus?

Kunmingosaurus was a primitive sauropod dinosaur.

In which geological period did the Kunmingosaurus roam the Earth?

These dinosaur species (Kunmingosaurus wudingensis) existed during the Early Jurassic Period.

When did the Kunmingosaurus become extinct?

These creatures became extinct about 200 million years ago.

Where did Kunmingosaurus live?

The fossils of Kunmingosaurus wudingensis were excavated from the Yunnan Province of the People's Republic of China in Asia. At present, the mounted skeleton of this dinosaur can be seen at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum in Japan.

What was the Kunmingosaurus' habitat?

This dinosaur may have inhabited the dense vegetation areas and grasslands where they foraged on a variety of plants.

Who did the Kunmingosaurus live with?

We do not know if these dinos were social and moved in small groups or lived alone. However, several paleontologists suggest that sauropods moved in small groups in the juvenile stage and became solitary when they became adults.

How long did a Kunmingosaurus live?

While we do not know the exact life expectancy of Kunmingosaurus, certain research on paleontology reveals that some of the large sauropods may have lived for about 300 years, while some of the species like Diplodocus probably have lived only for an average of 70 years.

How did they reproduce?

Similar to the other dinosaurs of the Lower Jurassic period, the Kunmingosaurus were egg-laying animals, and their eggs were amniotic in nature.

Kunmingosaurus Fun Facts

What did the Kunmingosaurus look like?

According to vertebrate paleontology, the Kunmingosaurus dinosaur was quite a bulky sauropod and had a large neck. Their skull was elongated, with complex teeth perfect for crushing down and grinding leaves. They had four columnar limbs with flattened claws, just like most other sauropods. They would have had scaly skin and were not slimy.

Kunmingosaurus fossil specimen reveals to us the sauropod characteristics in this dinosaur.
*We've been unable to source an image of Kunmingosaurus and have used an image of Lesothosaurus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Kunmingosaurus, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at hello@kidadl.com

How many bones did a Kunmingosaurus have?

While not much information is available on the total number of bones of Kunmingosaurus, we do know that its fossils included bones of the hind limb, pelvic girdle, as well as a vertebrate specimen.

How did they communicate?

These dinosaurs of China may have produced low grunts and used their visual ability to communicate as well.

How big was the Kunmingosaurus?

According to vertebrate paleontology, these dinosaurs of the Lower Jurassic world were quite bulky with large necks. Their average body length may have been about 29 ft (8.8 m), which is smaller than the T-rex.

How fast could a Kunmingosaurus move?

Since these dinosaurs of China were extremely bulky and walked on all four of their thick limbs, we may assume that they were not great runners.

How much did a Kunmingosaurus weigh?

Their average body weight may have been about 4600 lb (2086.5 kg).

What were the male and female names of the species?

No specific names are given to the male and female Kunmingosaurus dinosaurs.

What would you call a baby Kunmingosaurus?

A baby Kunmingosaurus may be called a nestling owing to the fact that they laid eggs.

How aggressive were they?

Since the sauropod dinosaur was a herbivore, it is safe to assume that the Kunmingosaurus was not aggressive in nature. However, we must not forget about their bulky body and large neck, which may have terrorized other creatures of that era.

Did You Know…

The name 'Kunmingosaurus' means 'lizard of kunming'.

In 1992, the fossils, including hind limbs, pelvic bones, vertebrae, as well as postcranial bones, were recovered from the Fengjiahe Formation of China.

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

Kunmingosaurus Facts

What Did They Prey On?

N/A

what Type of Animal were they?

Herbivores

Average Litter Size?

N/A

What Did They Look Like?

Bulky body with a large neck

How Much Did They Weigh?

4600 lb (2086.5 kg)

Skin Type

Scales

How Long Were They?

29 ft (8.8 m)

How Tall Were They?

N/A

Kingdom

Animalia

Class

Reptile

Genus

Kunmingosaurus

Family

Sauropoda

Scientific Name

Kunmingosaurus wudingensis

What Were Their Main Threats?

Natural disasters

What Habitat Did They Live In?

Grasslands and dense vegetation areas

Where Did They Live?

Yunnan Province and China
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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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