Gryposaurus

No. 302529

by Safari Ltd
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Gryposaurus, also known as the ‘hooked-nose lizard’, was a ‘duck-billed dinosaur’ with a prominent nose. This herbivore occupied North America during the Cretaceous Period, approximately 80 million years ago.

  • Scientific Name: Gryposaurus notabilis
  • Characteristics: Gryposaurus had a distinctive skull with a raised nose, broad beak, and batteries of blunt teeth for grinding up plants. It had long strong hind legs and feet with three large toes that end in hoof-like claws. It had shorter arms with four-fingered hands, which it also used for to support its weight. It had a short neck and a long tail, which helped it to balance on two legs occasionally. It reached large sizes of over 27 feet long.
  • Size and Color: This model is 8.5 inches long and 3.25 inches high. It is blue-grey with a row of yellow scales along the top of its back.
  • The Gryposaurus is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection.
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free.

History

Gryposaurus notabilis was named in 1914 by the Canadian paleontologist Lawrence Lambe, but it was regarded as a species of Kritosaurus for most of the twentieth century. The best known species, Gryposaurus notabilis, is known from approximately 10 complete skulls and lots of associated skeletons from the Dinosaur Park Formation of Alberta, Canada. This makes it one of the best known hadrosaurids, or ‘duck-billed dinosaurs’.

Gryposaurus used its sturdy limbs and hoof-like claws to support its weight. Its broad beak helped it to strip vegetation, and it ground down the tough plant material with batteries of tough teeth. Its prominent nose horn may have helped to differentiate between males and females, or it could have been colorful to assist with species recognition and communication.

Skin impressions in a well preserved specimen of Gryposaurus provide detailed information on its scaly texture. Notably, it had a row of pyramid-like structures running in a row along the top of its back.

This large plant eating dinosaur lived in herds during late Cretaceous times, approximately 80 million years ago. There are three valid species of Gryposaurus: G. notabilis from Alberta, G. monumentensis from Utah, and the slightly older and more primitive G. latidens from Montana.

  • Recommended Age: 3+
  • Size in cm: 21.75 L x 8.5 W x
  • Size in inches: 8.56 L x 3.35 W x
  • UPC: 095866302504
This species of Gryposaurus was first described in 2007. It was a duck-billed plant eater that lived 75 million years ago in the Cretaceous period, and It is unique among duck-billed dinosaurs for its massive build and large number of teeth. It was thought to be about 40 feet (12 m) long and have 300 teeth that were continually replaced as they wore down.