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[[File:1010963_orig.png|thumb|294px]]'''''Ouranosaurus''''', meaning (''Brave Monitor Lizard''), was an unusual Ornthopod that lived during the Late Cretaceous (Late Aptian Stage) about 110 million years ago in what is now Africa. ''Ouranosaurus ''measured about 7 metres (23 feet) in length and weighed about 4 tons. Two complete fossils were found in the Echkar (or El Rhaz) Formation, Gadoufaouna deposits, Agadez, Niger in 1966 and the animal was named by a french palaeontologist in 1976 called Phillipe Taquet.[[File:00213db8 medium.jpg|thumb|left]]
Ouranosaurus, which means "brave lizard", lived during the beginning of the Cretaceous period. It got discovered in Africa and was named in 1976. The one who named this creature was the french paleontologist Philippe Taquet. Like the carnivorous [[Spinosaurus]], it had a sail on it's back, but surprisingly, Ouranosaurus was a herbivore. This iguanodont measured about 7 meters and may have weighed 4 tons.
 
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==Description==
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''Ouranosaurus'' had a large sail over 2 feet (63 cm.) tall on its back, supported by thick, long spines that spanned its entire back and part of its tail, like ''[[Spinosaurus]]'', a well known meat-eating dinosaur that lived at roughly the same time and place, and the older ''[[Dimetrodon]]'' of the Permian Period. There is no certain answer as to why ''Ouranosaurus ''had the sail, but it could've been used to control heat or attract mates and scare off rivals. The sail is a unique feature that is found on only a few dinosaurs and no living animals.
   
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''Ouranosaurus'' was a quadro[[File:285px-Ouranosaurus - full.jpg|thumb|Ouranosaurus Skeleton]]ped dinosaur. Because of the thumb spike on its front legs it was initially thought to be closely related to ''[[Iguanodon]]'', and was actually identified as an iguanodontid, but more recent studies show it to be a sister-species both to ''Iguanodon'' and the first true hadrosaurs instead.
   
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''Ouranosaurus ''likely lived in in a river delta, alongside the other sailbacked dinosaur, ''[[Spinosaurus]]''. Studies show that this dinosaur was a poor runner, its hind legs evolved mainly to support its weight, rather to run fast. Its feet were rather narrow for its size and the tail was actually fairly short compared to most other ornithopods, making ''Ouranosaurus'' poor at keeping balance when running: if pursued it might've fled into water or the riverside vegetation instead. Its skull was rather flat, and was a little over 2 feet long, but it was filled with hundreds of teeth, perfectly designed for chewing tough plants like cycads. It was the main prey of large predators like the carnosaur ''[[Carcharodontosaurus]]'', the crocodilian ''[[Sarcosuchus]]'', and possibly the also-sailed ''Spinosaurus'' as well [[Nigersaurus]] .
   
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==In the Media==
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''Ouranosaurus'' was featured in a documentary about ''Sarcosuchus'', one of its predators, called <u>Super Croc</u>, and was shown to have been killed and eaten by one of these large killers.
   
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It was also featured in the documentary <u>Planet Dinosaur</u>, where a herd of them was attacked by a ''Carcharodontosaurus'' and one of them was killed and eaten by the predator soon afterward. However, in a later episode, the same herd was seen again, browsing, while a herd of ''[[Paralititan]] ''went past.
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Diet: [[Herbivore|Herbivorous]]
 
 
Length: About 7 meters
 
 
Weight: 4 tons
 
 
 
 
It belongs to the super-family Hadrosauroidea, the group of "duck-billed dinosaurs". As it was a herbivore in the early Cretaceous Africa, it may have been hunted by many carnivores. If we take a look at it's body, it may not have been much for a fight. It probably ran when carnivores attacked.
 
 
 
 
It appears in the game [[Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis]] . It is placed under the category "Large Herbivore" and has the star rating of 2.
 
 
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Ouranosaurus, meaning (Brave Monitor Lizard), was an unusual Ornthopod that lived during the Late Cretaceous (Late Aptian Stage) about 110 million years ago in what is now Africa. Ouranosaurus measured about 7 metres (23 feet) in length and weighed about 4 tons. Two complete fossils were found in the Echkar (or El Rhaz) Formation, Gadoufaouna deposits, Agadez, Niger in 1966 and the animal was named by a french palaeontologist in 1976 called Phillipe Taquet.

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Description

Ouranosaurus had a large sail over 2 feet (63 cm.) tall on its back, supported by thick, long spines that spanned its entire back and part of its tail, like Spinosaurus, a well known meat-eating dinosaur that lived at roughly the same time and place, and the older Dimetrodon of the Permian Period. There is no certain answer as to why Ouranosaurus had the sail, but it could've been used to control heat or attract mates and scare off rivals. The sail is a unique feature that is found on only a few dinosaurs and no living animals.

Ouranosaurus was a quadro

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Ouranosaurus Skeleton

ped dinosaur. Because of the thumb spike on its front legs it was initially thought to be closely related to Iguanodon, and was actually identified as an iguanodontid, but more recent studies show it to be a sister-species both to Iguanodon and the first true hadrosaurs instead.

Ouranosaurus likely lived in in a river delta, alongside the other sailbacked dinosaur, Spinosaurus. Studies show that this dinosaur was a poor runner, its hind legs evolved mainly to support its weight, rather to run fast. Its feet were rather narrow for its size and the tail was actually fairly short compared to most other ornithopods, making Ouranosaurus poor at keeping balance when running: if pursued it might've fled into water or the riverside vegetation instead. Its skull was rather flat, and was a little over 2 feet long, but it was filled with hundreds of teeth, perfectly designed for chewing tough plants like cycads. It was the main prey of large predators like the carnosaur Carcharodontosaurus, the crocodilian Sarcosuchus, and possibly the also-sailed Spinosaurus as well Nigersaurus .

In the Media

Ouranosaurus was featured in a documentary about Sarcosuchus, one of its predators, called Super Croc, and was shown to have been killed and eaten by one of these large killers.

It was also featured in the documentary Planet Dinosaur, where a herd of them was attacked by a Carcharodontosaurus and one of them was killed and eaten by the predator soon afterward. However, in a later episode, the same herd was seen again, browsing, while a herd of Paralititan went past.