Burradoo Journal

By Burradoo

Muttaburrasaurus

This is a reconstruction of a Muttaburrasaurus langdoni in the National Museum of Australia. His name comes from Muttaburra in central Queensland. Parts of his skeleton were discovered on Rosebery Downs Station near Muttaburra by grazier Doug Langdon in 1963.

Prof Google tells me that Muttaburrasaurus was a genus of herbivorous iguanodontian ornithopod dinosaur which lived somewhere between 107 and 103 million years ago during the early cretaceous period. He was about 8 metres long. He had a large bulge on his long snout between his eyes and his mouth, a beak, a flattened thumb spike, hoof-like claws, and teeth that worked like shears. The bony bump on his snout may have been associated with his sense of smell or his ability to make sounds. He could probably walk on two or four legs.

What I really like about this chap though is the way the shapes of his bones echo and complement the lines and shapes of his surroundings in the Museum (extra). Almost as if it was made for him.

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