Saturday, February 14, 2009


Iguanodon was one of the most famous dinosaurs that were common in the North-East Thailand 100 million years ago. It was one of the dinosaurs that were discovered in 1822 in England.

In 1822, an English woman named Mrs.Mantell was traveled back to her home; she noticed a strange fossilized tooth was sticking out of gravel near a house which was not far away from her home. She gave the unknown tooth to Dr. Mantell, her husband, to study what creature was from. Dr.Mantell went to a British Museum and saw that this tooth was familiar to the modern day iguana’s tooth. Therefore, the name Iguanodon was given, which mean “Iguana’s tooth”. Iguanodon was mostly common in the Early Cretaceous period throughout Europe, North America, and in Mongolia.

A group of scientist had discovered a various fossils of two Iguanodon in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) province which was a proof that Iguanodon also had lived in Thailand 100 million years ago. In the Early Cretaceous, Iguanodon had shared it’s habitat to Psittacosaurus a ceratapsian and Phuwiangosaurus a sourwood which was also herbivores, and they lived in the same era. This made Iguanodon one of the most unique dinosaurs that Thailand ever had discovered.

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