Aralosaurus

Name: Aralosaurus ‭(‬Aral lizard‭ ‬-‭ ‬after the Aral sea‭).
Phonetic: Ah-ral-o-sore-us.
Named By: Anatoly Konstantinovich Rozhdestvensky‭ ‬-‭ ‬1968.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Ornithopoda,‭ ‬Hadrosauridae.
Species: A.‭ ‬tuberiferus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Uncertain due to lack of fossil material.
Size: Roughly‭ ‬8‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Kazakhstan.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull fragment.

       Out of all the hadrosaurs‭ (‬popularly known as duckbilled dinosaurs‭) ‬Aralosaurus is noted for having extremely little in the way of fossil material attributed to it‭; ‬a piece of the skull.‭ ‬This piece however does suggest the presence of an arched nasal area similar to that seen in other genera such as Gryposaurus which might suggest a saurolophine lineage for Aralosaurus.‭ ‬Other information that is occasionally attributed to this dinosaur in other sources is done so as a result of comparisons to other much better documented genera.
       Another hadrosaurid dinosaur from Kazakhstan is Jaxartosaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Gadrozavry Kazakhstana‭ [‬Hadrosaurs of Kazakhstan‭]‬,‭ ‬Anatoly Konstantinovich Rozhdestvensky‭ ‬-‭ ‬1968.



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