Classification: Saurischia, Sauropoda
Body length: 30 m
Body weight: 85 t
Period: Late Cretaceous
Ruyangosaurus was one of the largest animals to ever walk the Earth. It had a shorter neck and tail than earlier Jurassic sauropods. The broader chest and slimmer hip area meant that titanosaurs like Ruyangosaurus presented a much different physical appearance than earlier sauropods. The flexible spinal column also meant that the dinosaur could possibly rear on its hindlimbs. Like many titanosaurs, the skin of Ruyangosaurus was armoured – covered in small bead-like scales. It was also herbivore and mostly ate leafs.