Tenontosaurus

Name Tenontosaurus
(teh-NON-tuh-SOR-us)
Tenontosaurus
Means Sinew lizard
Period Early Cretaceous
Where Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, Idaho, Utah, Maryland
Size Length: 23 feet
Height: 13 feet
Weight: 4,000 lbs
 

Although lacking spikes or armor, an adult Tenontosaurus would not have been easy prey for a predator like Deinonychus. It was large enough to break the bones of a smaller predator!

Tenontosaurus had an unusually long, broad tail and its back was stiffened with a network of bony tendons, hence the name Sinew Lizard. Browsing on low growing vegetation, the powerful beak and angled cutting surfaces of its teeth meant that Tenontosaurus could consume not only leaves but wood and possibly fruit.