(Aral lizard - after the Aral sea).
Named By: Anatoly Konstantinovich Rozhdestvensky - 1968.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Ornithopoda, Hadrosauridae, Aralsaurinae.
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.
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
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.
- Gadrozavry Kazakhstana [Hadrosaurs of Kazakhstan], Anatoly Konstantinovich Rozhdestvensky - 1968.
- A re-appraisal of "Aralosaurus tuberiferus" (Dinosauria, Hadrosauridae) from the Late Cretaceous of Kazakhstan. - Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre (74): 139–154. - P. Godefroit, V. Alifanov & Y. Boltsky - 2004.