The Life Of A

 

Parasaurolophus

 

 

This is a Parasaurolophus. The

 

Parasaurolophus species lived

 

about 76-73 million years ago

 

in the Late Cretaceous Period. 

 

The Parasaurolophus species

 

usually lived in North America

 

in the rain forests. They lived

 

in the rain forest because they

 

ate a lot of plants a day. 

 

The Parasaurolophus laid

 

eggs to hatch their babies.

 

They would wait for their

 

babies to hatch and keep

 

them with them for their life.

 

Some dinosaurs would just

 

abondon their babies and

 

would leave them behind.

 

A Parasaurolophus protected

 

itself with its large horn It was

 

very thick so it wouldn't break.

 

They have very strong legs

 

too so they could run fast and

 

they used them  too get

 

higher foods too.

 

The Parasaurolophus lives in

 

rain forest type places it is

 

used to cold weather and

 

plants but now the climate is

 

changing and it's getting

 

warmer so the climate will

 

affect it. If it stays really hot

 

for a long time then all the

 

plants in the forest will start to

 

dry up and soon enough it

 

wont have anymore foodto eat

 

and it will starve.

 

My dinosaur is going through

 

a climate change right now. I

 

gave it a mutation to have

 

longer arms so it can reach up

 

higher to grab higher foods

 

that it can't already reach with

 

its strong long legs. 

 

A Parasaurolophus 

 

doesn't have long arms

 

so that's how a 

 

a mutation of longer 

 

arms will help it. A 

 

mutation occurs when a

 

DNA gene is damaged

 

or changed in such a

 

way as to alter the

 

genetic message carried

 

by that gene.

 

Here is a picture of a

 

parasaurolophus with the

 

regular size arms and on

 

the right there is the

 

mutation of the

 

parasaurolophus with

 

longer arms. With longer

 

arms it will also stand up

 

staight instead of hunching

 

foward.

 

Now that the dinsoaur has

 

longer arms it doesn't have

 

to use all of its leg strength

 

to get food that is higher up

 

in the trees and it doesn't

 

hunch over anymore and can

 

stand up straight.

 

My dinosaur survived the 

 

climate change. Its mutation

 

helped a lot in grabbing higher

 

foods. The mutation got

 

passed down to its children so

 

they could also grab higher

 

foods to eat and survive and

 

he lived happily ever after.