500 Teeth Dinosaur: Largest Mouth

dinosaur 500 teeth
SLUG: NA-DINO. DATE: November, 15, 2007 CREDIT: Bill O'Leary / TWP. WASHINGTON, DC. Scientists unveil the reconstructed skeleton of a very weird dinosaur, Nigersaurus, discovered in 1999, and newly assembled bones show it was a strange plant eater. Pictured, two of today's press conference exhibits, on stage at the National Geographic. At left is a sculptural rendition of what the scientists expect the dinosaur's distinct head to look like. Behind this, cast reconstructions of the bones have been assembled in the proper shape of the Nigersaurus. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The The Washington Post via Getty Images)


Age: a hundred and ten million years recent

Location: Niger


Nigersaurus may be a 30-foot-long herbivorous archosaur that lived 110 million years past in what’s currently Niger’s Sahara Desert. Nigersaurus lived during a lush setting aboard the predatory dinosaur Suchomimus, the plant eaters ouranosaurus and lurdusaurus, and supercroc. Nigersaurus had a fragile bone and an {especially} wide mouth lined with teeth especially custom-made for browsing plants near to the ground. This bizarre, long-necked dinosaur is characterised by its remarkably broad, straight-edged muzzle tipped with quite five hundred replaceable  teeth. the initial fossil skull of Nigersaurus is one of the primary archosaur bones to be digitally reconstructed from CT scans.



Journal Entry: Sept 9, 2000

Update on archosaur Discoveries from Paul Sereno

Camp one

Gadoufaoua 11:30 pm

500 teeth

unconventional five hundred-toothed dinosaur

Our first we tend toek within the field has been spectacular! outstanding discoveries appear to be awaiting United States around each dune. On our first day, we found bones of the long-necked dinosaur Nigersaurus. Nigersaurus, you may remember, we named for bones collected on the last expedition here 3 years ago. This saurischian dinosaur (long-necked dinosaur) has an uncommon skull containing as several as 500 slender teeth. a serious goal of this expedition is to seek out the remainder of this uncommon archosaur thus we will describe it and reconstruct it for everybody to see.

we tend to are closing in on it goal quick as a result of we stumbled on a skeleton many days later! This skeleton is lying on its aspect with the tail snaky upward. The curve of the backbone measures concerning fifteen feet. we tend to rigorously brushed the sand off the a hundred and ten million-year-old bones and mamma channels between the foremost spaces of the skeleton. presently we will cowl every area in plaster in order that the skeleton will be transported out of the sector and back to the laboratory.

however that’s not all for Nigersaurus. Chris took United States all to a flat space of purple-colored arenaceous rock wherever he had placed the jaw of a baby Nigersaurus—one that might work on prime of a silver dollar! This Nigersaurus was a hatchling, in all probability not up to one year from hatching once it died and was fossilized.

500 teeth dinosaur

a brand new carnivore

whereas walking across a really flat area, Gabe created a noteworthy find—the bones of a new flesh-eating archosaur lay part exposed at her feet. She brushed away the sand from the higher jaw. close lay a part of the backbone and therefore the hip bones. This was a mean customer—the bones are from a skeleton that might live concerning thirty feet long! we tend to hope to seek out a lot of proof of this sharp-toothed creature because the field season goes on.

an enormous crocodilian reptile

we tend to have an interest find quite simply dinosaurs. we would like to find all animals and plants that when lived on the traditional streams and forests a hundred and ten million years ago. one in every of the foremost common fossils we encountered within the 1st week of labor belonged to a huge crocodilian reptile referred to as Sarcosuchus.

This reptile was way larger than any living crocodile. judgment from the 6-foot bone we tend to found within the 1st week, we suspect it’s going to have measured over forty feet long! The armor plates on its back measured a foot across. we tend to even arranged  out the team to induce a way of simply however huge this animal was.

Hans has been operating with a crew of Allison and Dave to excavate a brand new site. As we mamma round the skull, we uncovered another juvenile skull of an equivalent species lying right next to the big one. They engraved a block of rock that enclosed each skulls, knowing full well that it’d weigh around 600 pounds once sheathed in plaster.

thus i believe you may agree that the primary week here has been a thriller.