Edmontosaurus, a genus with the species E. regalis and E. annectens, was
one of the largest duck-billed dinosaurs, up to 12 metres (39 ft) long
and weighing around 4.0 metric tons (4.4 short tons). Widely distributed
across western North America, especially in the coasts and coastal
plains, it was a herbivore with small solid or fleshy crests that could
move on two legs or four, and is thought to have lived in groups. It was
named after Edmonton, Alberta; the first fossils were discovered in
Alberta's Horseshoe Canyon Formation. Abundant fossils have allowed
researchers to study its brain, feeding habits, pathologies, and even
injuries, including in one case from a tyrannosaur attack. Fossils of E.
regalis have been found in rocks that date from 73 million years ago,
while those of E. annectens (reconstruction pictured) are around
66 million years old, both in the Cretaceous Period. Edmontosaurus was
one of the last non-avian dinosaurs, living alongside Triceratops and
Tyrannosaurus shortly before the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction.
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