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6 Rarely Known Dinosaur Species: Pachycephalosaurus, Dreadnoughtus schrani, Velociraptor, Ankylosaurus, Compsognathus, Therizinosaurus


What would the Detikers think of when asked what dinosaur species you know? Maybe some will answer Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex) or Brontosaurus.

Yes, both of them are indeed the most famous dinosaur species and are often featured in films such as Jurassic Park. But in fact, there are hundreds of lesser-known species of dinosaurs that are no less extraordinary.

Anything? Here are six species of dinosaurs that may not be known, quoted from the Encyclopedia Britannica.

6 Rarely Known Dinosaur Species

1. Pachycephalosaurus

Pachycephalosaurus is identical with a head that looks like it is wearing a hat or has a dome. It was previously stated that the head of this dinosaur was used to butt opponents like the horns of a ram today.

But the fact is not the case, the head for this was not created as a means of butting the opponent. This section is mentioned only as a characteristic of this species.

2. Dreadnoughtus schrani

Dreadnoughtus schrani is a relative of Brontosaurus which is considered to be the largest land animal that ever lived on this planet. These giant sauropods flourished in the Late Cretaceous Period about 100.5 million to 66 million years ago.

This animal is up to 26 meters long and weighs about 65 tons. If compared, the weight of Dreadnoughtus schrani is about a dozen African elephants!

Literally the name of this animal means “fear nothing”. With its enormous body size, Dreadnoughtus schrani has few predators when it is an adult.

3. Velociraptor

Velociraptor is a type of dinosaur featured in the movie Jurassic Park. But unlike the one in the film, this animal is only 1.8 meters long and under 0.6 meters high.

Thus, when compared to Velociraptor, it was not much bigger than today’s turkeys. One thing that is similar to the film, they have a characteristic large sickle-shaped claws on both toes and have agile movements.

Thus they are branded as tough predators and difficult to conquer when hungry.

4. Ankylosaurus

Ankylosaurus had a stunning appearance. It has spines on its head and sides, a back covered with plate armor, and a tail that ends like a large club.

This body part made it protected from predators even in comparison to Stegosaurus which had similar protection. If you want to imagine, the form of Ankylosaurus is a combination of a turtle and a rhino but in a giant form.

However, it’s a shame this cool type of dinosaur didn’t appear in many animated films even up until Jurassic World.

5. Compsognathus

Compsognathus is almost similar to a raptor, its body is small, about the size of a turkey but has a more graceful raptorial portion. This dinosaur had agile movements and its hind legs were able to catch smaller animals.

This animal is known to eat lizards as evidenced by a specimen found in one of the fossils. The size and body shape of Compsognathus is said to be similar to that of a whippet, indicating an evolutionary continuum between birds and dinosaurs.

6. Therizinosaurus

Therizinosaurus was a scary-looking Late Cretaceous theropod. This dinosaur is from Asia and North America.

This animal is said to be probably not a carnivore despite having terrible claws and is an unusual species because it has a small skull and leaf-shaped teeth. Even so, this animal does not have teeth on the front of the upper jaw.

So, those are six species of dinosaurs that you may not know about. So, which one is your champion?

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2023-08-30 14:00:00
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