Saichania is a dinosaur that was first found in Mongolia in the course of the Seventies. It was named Saichania by Teresa Maryańska and that title means “stunning one.” It wasn’t on condition that title as a result of it was prettier than another dinosaur however as a substitute was given this title as a result of the bones that have been discovered have been in pristine situation.
This dinosaur lived in the course of the late Cretaceous interval, about 75 million years in the past. It lived in what’s now Mongolia and China. Nevertheless, at the moment, the local weather of those two areas was vastly completely different than it’s now. It could have been a desert with large sand dunes that have been interspersed with oases.
Saichania, like most ankylosaurs, have been herbivores and ate solely vegetable matter. Vegetation that it might have eaten throughout this time period embody bennettitales, ginkgo, palms and seed ferns.
In the event you have a look at Saichania footage, then you definitely’ll shortly discover that this dinosaur was closely armored with rows of bone spurs or spikes up and down its physique. You’d additionally discover that it has a big and really heavy hammer tail that it might use as a weapon to defend itself.
What you gained’t see within the illustrations, nevertheless, is that it had a really robust palate (wanted for chewing up robust vegetation) and had an advanced severe of air passages all through its cranium. Paleontologists aren’t certain why they’d these nasal passages, however a few of them say that it’s in all probability because of the truth that they lived in a really dry local weather and these passages served as a solution to retain moisture.
Some attention-grabbing information about Saichania embody the information that it was 21 toes lengthy and weighed roughly 5600 kilos. That signifies that it was about so long as two automobiles positioned finish to finish and weighed as a lot as 2 giraffes put collectively.