Nigersaurus

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Nigersaurus had one of the weirdest skulls of all the dinosaurs, shaped like a vacuum cleaner head. It also has a relatively short neck for a sauropod, and is one of the smallest sauropods on record. This medium-size dinosaur cropped plants in northern Africa during the early Cretaceous, about 110 million years ago.

  • Scientific Name: Nigersaurus taqueti
  • Characteristics: Nigersaurus was a plant eater with a moderately long neck, a long tail, and an unusual skull with a broad square snout, similar in shape to the head of a vacuum cleaner. Its wide jaws contained over 500 tiny peg-like teeth. Nigersaurus walked on all fours and its front legs are slightly shorter than its hind legs. It grew up to 33 feet long.
  • Size and Color: This figure is 8 inches long and 3.5 inches high. It has green body and legs with a cream underbelly.
  • The Nigersaurus is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free

History

Nigersaurus taqueti was named in 1999 and is known from several partial skeletons. Its fossil remains were discovered and described several years earlier, in 1976, but it was not given a name at that time because the bones were delicate and difficult to interpret. The discovery of more material helped us to understand the anatomy of this bizarre creature. The name Nigersaurus taqueti stems from ‘Niger’, after the Republique du Niger, its country of origin; ‘sauros’, meaning reptile; and the species name honours French paleontologist Philippe Taquet, whose expeditions (1965-72) initiated paleontological exploration in Niger.

In 2005 a more thorough description of its skull showed that it had an unusually short head and broad jaws. Nigersaurus is remarkable for its bizarre skull, which is shaped like the head of a vacuum cleaner, and contains a battery of over 500 tiny teeth aligned in a straight row at the front of the jaws. It is also unusual because it had one of the shortest necks of all the sauropods, and it had a relatively small body size. This combination of a broad jaws, short neck, and small size, suggest that it cropped low vegetation on or close to the ground.

Nigersaurus lived in northern Africa during the early Cretaceous about 110 million years ago, where it was one of the most common dinosaurs.

  • Recommended Age: 3+
  • Size in cm: 20.5 L x 9 H
  • Size in inches: 8.07 L x 3.54 H
  • UPC: 095866286309