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Saichania



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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Ornithischia
  Suborder Thyreophora
  Infraorder Ankylosauria
  Family Ankylosauridae
  Genus Saichania
Saichania was an armored herbivore (plant-eater) that lived in the late Cretaceous period around about 80 million years, in what is today southern Mongolia. Saichania's diet is believed to have consisted of tough vegetation - it had a solid hard palate which seems adapted for this purpose.

Saichania was protected from predators with armor that include bony plates on its back, spikes, and a heavy bony growth on its tail which it swing as a club. The animal was about 23 feet long (7 meters) and weighed about 1 ton.

It is belived that Saichania lived in a hot, arid, desert-type environment - and it seems to have possessed a number of adaptations to this environment. Saichania's skull was equipped with complex air passages that would have helped it keep cool. Additionally, it may have a salt gland near its nostrils.


   

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Saichania was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived about 80 million years ago

Saichania was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived about 80 million years ago

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Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Saichania:
  1. Saichania was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. "Saichania" means "beautiful one".

  3. Saichania was a member of the Ornithischia ("bird-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Saichania was not closely related to birds, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  4. Saichania lived about 80 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period.

  5. Saichania lived in southern Mongolia.

  6. Saichania was a herbivore (plant-eater).

  7. Saichania had a solid hard palate that would have helped it to eat tough plants.

  8. Saichania was about 23 feet (7 meters) long.

  9. Saichania weighed about 1 ton.

  10. Saichania was protected by bony plates, spikes, and a heavy bony growth on its tail which it could swing as a club.

  11. Saichania's skull had a series of complex air passages - these would have helped it to keep cool in its desert habitat.

  12. Saichania may have a salt gland next to its nostrils - this would also have helped in it the desert environment.


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