Ampelosaurus was a plant-eater (herbivore) that lived in
during the late
71 and 65 million years ago.
Ampelosaurus was about 50 feet (15 meters) long. Like some other
Ampelosaurus seems to have been equipped with bony knobs (osteoderms), which
would have served as armor against predators.
"Ampelosaurus" means "vine lizard". The name was chosen because the fossils of the animal were first discovered in a vineyard in France.
Ampelosaurus was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Ampelosaurus was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.
Ampelosaurus was a Sauropod - a member of a group of related large quadrupedal herbivorous (plant-eating) dinosaur with long necks.
Ampelosaurus lived between about 71 million years ago and 65 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period.
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