Fun Pukyongosaurus Facts For Kids

Ritwik Bhuyan
Feb 20, 2024 By Ritwik Bhuyan
Originally Published on Sep 25, 2021
Edited by Christina Harrison
Fact-checked by Sakshi Raturi
Pukyongosaurus facts include that is a large Sauropod genus found in South Korea during the early Cretaceous period.
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The Pukyongosaurus is a genus of dinosaurs that lived in South Korea during the early Cretaceous period. This Titanosauriform dinosaur was known to be closely related to the Euhelopus. The dinosaur in this genus is also known from a series of vertebrae in the neck and the back. The name Pukyongosaurus has a meaning of Pukyong lizard given after the Pukyong National University.

Characteristics that were earlier used to distinguish the genus have now been criticized for being too poorly preserved to evaluate or being too widespread. Due to these changes in characteristics, the genus has been rendered now as an indeterminate nomen dubium among Titanosauriforms. This genus of large Sauropod dinosaur has a type species known as Pukyongosaurus millenniumi. The Pukyongosaurus with Kaloptauruses formed a community as it is said that these big Sauropods lived with small Pterosaurs called Kaloptauruses which ate ticks from the giant dinosaur's skin.

The dinosaur was a tall-spined form, but it is not yet fully described as only a fraction of bones has been found so far. Several fragments of a skeleton of a Sauropod were found in 2001 in the Hasandong formation in Hadong County, South Korea. Even the caudal vertebrae of the Pukyongosaurus had a few bite marks from predacious teeth of a Theropod. The Pukyongosaurus fossil had five points that were unearthed and consisted of one point of the clavicle, ribs, and one point of caudal ribs. Many researchers still explore the region for more information but only some parts have been found to date.

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Pukyongosaurus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Pukyongosaurus'?

The pronunciation of the name Pukyongosaurus is 'Pook-yong-o-saw-ras'.

What type of dinosaur was a Pukyongosaurus?

The Pukyongosaurus is a genus of dinosaurs that lived in South Korea during the early Cretaceous period. The dinosaur was known to inhabit Asia in the early Cretaceous period and was a Sauropod. It was quite a big dinosaur for its time.

In which geological period did the Pukyongosaurus roam the Earth?

This is a dinosaur found in the early Cretaceous period. Skeletons found showed characteristics that the dinosaur was from the early Cretaceous period (Aptian - Albian stages).

When did the Pukyongosaurus become extinct?

Fossils found of the Pukyongosaurus dinosaur go back to 130-124 million years in the early Cretaceous period.

Where did a Pukyongosaurus live?

Fossils were known from a series of vertebrae in the neck and back found in South Korea of Asia. Not often dinosaur fossils are found in Asia, although the region is full of fossils and just requires people to explore more.

What was a Pukyongosaurus's habitat?

This was a terrestrial dinosaur and lived near vegetation and plants. The height made the dinosaur able to feed on tall trees.

Who did a Pukyongosaurus live with?

No content is available stating the companions these dinosaurs used to keep. Seeing their herbivorous nature, they probably lived in small groups or in solitude. The big size probably made these dinosaurs solitary.

How long did a Pukyongosaurus live?

The life span of the species is not known. Only a series of vertebrae has been found and that is not enough to know the life span of the dinosaur species.

How did they reproduce?

There is no information on the reproduction of this species of dinosaur. Characteristics show that this species was an egg-laying species. Dinosaurs usually were known to lay around three to five eggs at a time and there have been instances that the clutch size was as big as 15-20.  

Pukyongosaurus Fun Facts

What did a Pukyongosaurus look like?

As only some parts of the skeleton have been found of this dinosaur, not much information is available on the structure of this animal. It is only known from a series of vertebrae in the neck and back of the dinosaur.

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How many bones did a Pukyongosaurus have?

The number of bones is not known. However, characteristics of this Pukyong lizard that were earlier used to distinguish the genus have been not well preserved. The genus is now said to be an indeterminate nomen dubium among Titanosauriforms.

How did they communicate?

There is no information on the mode of communication of this species. Dinosaurs are thought to have communicated both vocally and visually. Some dinosaurs even showed physical postures to intimidate predators or attract mates; however, nothing can be considered as facts as no content is available for this.

How big was a Pukyongosaurus?

Only a vertebrae has been found, so naturally there's not much information on the size of this species. Some authors have calculated the length to be approximately around 88 ft (26.8 m) and the height is estimated to be around 48 ft (14.6 m). It was quite a big dinosaur with a robust body and a fairly long tail.

How fast could a Pukyongosaurus move?

The big size of the dinosaur did not make it too quick. However, it could probably travel long distances in a fairly short period of time due to the size.

How much did a Pukyongosaurus weigh?

The weight of this dinosaur is not known as only a fraction of the skeleton has been retrieved.

What were the male and female names of the species?

There is no information available of different names given to males and females of the Pukyongosaurus dinosaur.

What would you call a baby Pukyongosaurus?

The name of the baby of a Pukyongosaurus dinosaur is not known. This kind of data has not been documented.

What did they eat?

We know that the Pukyonogosaurus dinosaur of South Korea was a herbivore and fed on plants and vegetation. However, due to its height the dinosaur could also feed on vegetation, leaves, and flowers on tall trees. The neck of this dinosaur was quite long to easily reach plants at greater heights.

How aggressive were they?

These dinosaurs were probably not too aggressive. In fact, Sauropods were probably one of the kindest and calmest dinosaurs out there. This also made them a target for predators.

Did you know...

Tail vertebrae of the dinosaur had gouges, divots and scores in five places made by at least two different predators. Big predators used their teeth to tear the flesh from bones. Although we don't know the number of bones of these dinosaurs, we have already found bite marks in this dinosaur's bones. It is not known if the Sauropod was killed by the predator or not but toothmarks were left after the Pukyongosaurus died. We don't know what predators could have done such a thing; however, some predators found in those areas include the Allosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus, so it could be either of them or something else entirely.

What was the Pukyongosaurus known for?

These dinosaurs were known for their long neck and tail. Not much other information is available on these dinosaurs.

Was the Pukyongosaurus a Sauropod?

Yes, the Pukyongosaurus was a Sauropod. It was a Titanosauriform dinosaur that lived in South Korea around 130 million years back.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly dinosaur facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other creatures from our Nemegtosaurus facts, or Denversaurus fun facts for kids.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Pukyongosaurus coloring pages.

*Please note that this image is of a skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex. If you have an image of a Pukyongosaurus, let us know at hello@kidadl.com.

Fun Pukyongosaurus Facts For Kids

How Much Did They Weigh?

N/A

Skin Type

Rough skin

How Long Were They?

Estimated to be 88 ft (26.8 m) long

How Tall Were They?

Estimated to be 48 ft (14.6 m) high

Kingdom

Animalia

Class

Clades: Dinosauria, Sauropoda, Titanosauriformes

Genus

Pukyongosaurus

Family

N/A

Scientific Name

Pukyongosaurus millenniumi

What Were Their Main Threats?

Natural disasters
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Written by Ritwik Bhuyan

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English

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Ritwik BhuyanBachelor of Arts specializing in English

A skilled content writer, Ritwik holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Delhi University. He has refined his writing abilities through his past experience at PenVelope and his current role at Kidadl. In addition to his proficiency in writing, Ritwik has pursued his passion for flying by achieving CPL training and becoming a licensed commercial pilot. This diverse skill set highlights his commitment to exploring multiple fields. Ritwik's experience in the aviation industry has provided him with a unique perspective and attention to detail, which he brings to his writing.

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