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What Dinosaur Has 500 Teeth?
The dinosaur with 500 teeth is the Nigersaurus. It is called Nigersaurus because the fossils of dinosaurs were first discovered in the republic of Nigeria in northwest Africa in 1976. They were nicknamed the “Mesozoic cow” by Sereno which means “ the weirdest dinosaur I have ever seen”.
It had lots of teeth because it loved to chew on plants such as firms. It seemed to be a herbivore dinosaur. The teeth were soft and grew so quickly that they grew a new set up as often as every 14 days making the fastest teeth-replacing dinosaurs.
How big was the Nigersaurus
They were about 9 meters(30 feet) long, about twice as long as giraffes. Dissimilar to the giraffe, it had a short neck. It weighed around 4 tons, which is similar to the weight of an elephant or white rhinoceros. They had 500 teeth right at the front of their skull, a jaw that moved up and down instead of side to side which made it different from most other herbivore dinosaurs. Side to side chewing is caused to grind their foods easily.
According to scientists
Scientists have gambled as to whether Nigersaurus would consistently slump or hold its high head. Initially, some scientists theorized that these complex creatures would keep their skulls continually lowered at a 67-degree angle, ensuring grazing was made easier. However more recently scientists have debated this claim that the dinosaur’s spinal cord allowed for a much wider range of motion. This would mean that they would have acted more in line with fellow dinosaurs, keeping their necks upward. They had a brain inside similar to other dinosaurs, better eyesight than other herbivore dinosaurs. Most herbivores had long necks that meant they could see long distances. They had a short neck that made up for this with the top of their skull.
Would you survive, if you met a dinosaur with 500 teeth?
Although the dinosaur with 500 teeth sounds pretty scary it would not have eaten you because it is a herbivore animal. It only had eaten plants. They also would not eat you because human beings had not evolved yet when they were alive around One Hundred and Ten million years ago. It would take more than One Hundred and Ten million years before humans showed up on planet Earth. Other than having 500 teeth dinosaurs, the Nigersaurus had a short neck. It only ate plants that were close to the ground. Other herbivores had long necks so they had to eat the plant or leaves at higher places.
Living with other species
They didn’t eat grass ever because the grass had not evolved yet at that time. They lived one hundred and ten million years ago in Niger. The area of their living was a floodplain with wide rivers, forests, and lush vegetation. Nigersaurus lived with other unusual dinosaurs, crocodiles, and flying reptiles, as well as fishes, turtles, and snakes. Only by bringing together plants from around the world and a variety of new modern environments can a dinosaur age scene be recreated. Three hundred million years ago many land areas were covered in wet forests of giant horsetails and ferns. These seedless plants reproduce with spores which require humidity in the environment to survive.
First, Skelton Disclosed
They had a delicate skull and a wide mouth lined with 500 teeth especially for eating and chewing plants close to the ground. The long-necked dinosaur is characterized by its unusually broad, straight edge muzzle with 500 replaceable teeth. The original fossil skull of Nigersaurus is one of the first dinosaur skulls to be digitally reconstructed from CT scans. In November 2007, a reconstructed skeleton was disclosed at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC.
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