Muttaburrasaurus - large herbivorous dinosaur

Muttaburrasaurus is a genus of large herbivorous dinosaur that lived in what is today Australia during the early Cretaceous Period, between 112 and 99 million years ago. It was named after Muttaburra, the site in Queensland, Australia, where it was found, in 1963.

Muttabarrasaurus was 8 m long, 2 m high at the hip, and weighed 4 tons. It was a four-legged animal. Its skull was rather flat, with the back of the head being broad but the snout pointed. On its snout, between the eyes and the mouth, it had a bony bump - like a strongly enlarged, upward bulging muzzle - associated by scientists with its sense of smell or its ability to make sounds. The real function of this nasal crest, however, is unclear.

Although often depicted in a two-legged stance, Muttabarrasaurus probably spent most of its time on all fours: the three middle digits on the "hands" of its forelimbs are joined to form a weight-bearing hoof. It is believed that it could still balance and possibly even walk on just its hind legs while reaching up for higher growing plants.

Despite being a "beaked" dinosaur, Muttabarrasaurus had one feature in common with horned dinosaurs, like Triceratops: it had very strong jaws equipped with heavy-duty shearing teeth, an adaptation for eating tough vegetation.

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