Artwork restoration - Rods by Rod
Translation: Lizard Tooth
Height: 12 feet (3.6 meters)
Length: 33 feet (10 meters)
Weight: 5 tons (4,500 kilos)
Location: Texas, Western North America, & Europe
Time: Early Cretaceous Period
Its teeth were discovered in the early 1820's in England. As
nothing like it had ever been described in scientific literature, the teeth of
this creature were a puzzle that an amateur paleontologist named Gideon Mantell
solved by comparing them to the teeth of living animals. Mantell found that the
teeth looked like those of a modern iguana and named it Iguanodon. He
speculated that it was a huge extinct version of this modern reptile.
Footprints of Iguanodon are common and have shown that it usually walked on all fours. It could, however, rear up onto its two back legs in order to fend-off predators and to use its hands to gather food. The thumb spike was defense as well and for obtaining food. The spike was the size and shape of an upside-down ice cream cone in some species, and as small as two inches long in others.
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