Thescelosaurus – shaggy burrowers

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Despite standing on two legs and being fuzzy in appearance, Thescelosaurus is a relative of Triceratops.

Vital statistics

Length:                                  2.5-4.5m (up to the length of a family saloon car)

Height:                                   approximately 80-100cm at hip

Weight:                                  approximately 90-300 kg

Discovery:                            discovered 1891, named 1913

Distinguishing features:       bipedal, shallow snout with pointed beak, chunky, muscular forelimbs

Chronotex Field Observations

These animals are good diggers – in fact, during the establishment of the TimeBase, they gave the founding chrononauts problems by undermining defensive fences. They construct large burrows and underground cavities, sometimes using those initially made by other animals. It doesn’t help that they’re very curious and attracted to human activity.

Thescelosaurus are social creatures living in tight-knit groups. We’ve recorded major size variation within the species (leading us to conclude that some individuals simply grow much larger than others, although our research is ongoing here).

The pointed shape of the beak in its upper jaw helps Thescelosaurus stray from a herbivorous diet on occasion – small animals of many kinds are captured and swallowed opportunistically or carrion picked at whenever encountered.

 Key facts

  • Bipedal mid-sized herbivore with sharply pointed beak, large eyes and robust arms
  • Powerful arms, stubby fingers and robust hindlimbs with large toe claws
  • Covered in hair-like filaments,
  • Distant cousin of horned dinosaurs like Triceratops, as well as of Iguanodon and duck-billed dinosaurs
  • Used and constructed large burrows or underground dens

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