|Group:||Dinosauria - Hadrosauridae|
|Original Specimen Location:||Museum of the Rockies|
|Where Found:||Upper Two Medicine Formation, Montana|
Maiasaura was a medium-sized (7m long) hadrosaurid that lived during the late Cretaceous about 75 million years ago. The discovery of the animal in a nesting colony provided the first substantial evidence that dinosaurs cared for their young after hatching. Specimens have been found of nearly all ages, from embryo to adult, and provide an unusually rich stratum across the developmental history of these dinosaurs. Maiasaura had a fairly typical ornithopod body plan, with herbivorous adaptations and the ability to use both bipedal and quadrupedal locomotion. Unlike other hadrosaurids, the head had no significant crests or projections to distinguish it from other similar species.
Type Species: Maiasaura peeblesorum
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Two Medicine Formation, Montana, USA.
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