Achelousaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived in North America
during the late
between about 83 and 74 million years ago,
Achelousaurus was about 20 feet (6 meters) long, and weighed about 6 tons.
Its skull alone (including the frill horns) was
over 5 feet (1.6 meters) long.
Achelousaurus was discovered and named by Scott Sampson in
He named the animal in reference to a river deity from ancient Greek myth - Achelous.
Sampson choose the name "Achelousaurus" for two reasons:
According to legend, Achelous's horns were torn off in a battle with Hercules.
Similarly, when one examines Achelousaurus skulls, they give the appearance of
missing horns (Achelousaurus skulls have rough bosses where other
Achelous was supposed gifted with a shape-shifting ability. Likewise, Achelosaurus
has features which seem to combine and resemble those of other
"Achelousaurus" means "Achelous's lizard" - Achelous is a reference to a diety of Greek mythology who had one of his horns torn off by Hercules (Achelousaurus's skull looks like it is missing horns), and who also could shape-shift (Achelousaurus seems to combine features of other Ceratopsian dinosaurs).
Achelousaurus was a member of the Ornithischia ("bird-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Achelousaurus was not closely related to birds, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.
Achelousaurus was a Ceratopsian - a member of a group of related herbivorous (plant-eating) dinosaurs with beaks, many of which had neck frills and horns as well.
Achelousaurus lived between about 83 million years ago and 74 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period.
Achelousaurus lived in North America.
Achelousaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater).
Achelousaurus was about 20 feet (6 meters) long.
Achelousaurus weighed about 6 tons.
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