Fun Facts about Amtosaurus

Amtosaurus is solely known from a fragment of its skull. This dinosaur’s classification is debatable. Amtosaurus was formerly thought to be an ankylosaur, but subsequent research indicates that it was a hadrosaur. Amtosaurus archibaldi, a second species of this species, has been described as a legitimate Ankylosauridae taxon Bissektipelta.

Find out more facts about Amtosaurus.

1: Amtosaurus quick facts:

Name: Amtosaurus (Greek for “Amtgai Lizard”); pronounced Am-to-sore-us
When it lived: Late Cretaceous, 90 million years ago
Type of dinosaur: Ornithopod
Location: Mongolia
Habitat: Terrestrial habitats.
Length/Weight: Unknown
Diet: Herbivorous
Distinguishing Characteristics: Unknown
Named by: Kurzanov & Tumanova (1978)

2: How do you pronounce ‘Amtosaurus’?

The name Amtosaurus  should be pronounced “Am-to-sore-us.”

3: What does the name Amtosaurus mean?

The generic name Amtosaurus means ‘Amtgai lizard’ since Amtgai is where the species was discovered and the Greek word’sauros’ means lizard.

4: What Did Amtosaurus Look Like?

Amtosaurus. (photo source: Jack Wood)

Amtosaurus holotype lacked characteristics that would have justified its classification within the Ankylosauria. Amtosaurus was an Ornithis representative whose position was ambiguous. Amtosaurus should be considered a nomen dubium because to the lack of diagnostic characteristics, as was previously indicated.


Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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