I don’t know much about dinosaurs but I have a mate that does! His name is Alec and he is 11 years old. He has loved dinosaurs and animals for ages – like lots of you! I have asked Alec to help me write something about dinosaurs here at Taronga.
Here’s what he had to say about our Dinosaur Profile for October – the all-Australian Muttaburrasaurus!
Muttaburrasaurus is a native herbivorous dinosaur that resembled Iguanodon, minus the thumb-spike. It lived in herds and was mainly found in Queensland, it lived in the cretaceous period. Muttaburrasaurus made honking noises using a system in their noses involving a hollow bone that air travelled through near the tip of its nose, if you see it at the zoo, you will see this big bulging nose. Muttaburrasaurus was mainly preyed on by the local hunters, Dwarf Allosaurs.
Muttaburrasaurus had the useful ability to stand on its hind legs and reach the higher leaves to eat. Muttaburrasaurus had some southern neighbours; small, shy herbivores called Leaellynasaura, which were hunted by Koolasuchus and of course, Dwarf Allosaurs.
I look forward to seeing the dinosaurs at the zoo and you readers next month! So long, and keep an eye out for the Muttaburrasaurus at Taronga zoo in summer 2013!
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