Duck-Billed dinosaurs are said to have beeen the most common dinosaur type. Having seen thousands of current drawings representing various types of duck-bills, we're confident that this ancient Syrian artifact represents one of those animals.
Rarely are these animals depicted with horns or beards as the ancient artist has done here, (he/she actually knows what the animal looked like). If one looks closely at the mouth (duck bill), jawline, eyes and head shape, compared to examples we've provided of certain duck billed dinosaurs, it seems clear what this artifact represents.
How would an ancient artist sculpt an accurate depiction of a duck billed dinosaur, hundreds of years before dinosaurs were "discovered" if he hadn't seen one alive? Make up your own mind if the artist sculpted a mythological creature--or a living animal. The information presented below has an evolutionary prespective that we don't agree with.
"Hadrosaurids (meaning "bulky lizards") were the family of duck-billed, herbivorous dinosaurs. They were the most common dinosaurs. Hadrosaurs ranged in size from 10 to 40 feet (3 to 12 m) long.
They had horny, toothless beaks and hundreds of cheek teeth in the sides of their jaws. The duck-billed dinosaurs had the most teeth; they had up to about 960 cheek teeth.
Hadrosaurs had a stiff tail that was probably used for balance. They had hoof-like nails on their feet, and bumpy skin. They ran on two legs, holding their tail and head in a horizontal position.
They may have walked on all four legs while grazing. Hadrosaurs probably lived near bodies of water, migrating to high ground to lay eggs.
It used to be thought that thay had webbed hands, but this was an artifact of the fossilization process.
Hadrosaurs are closely related to the Iguanodontids, and are probably their descendants. Hadrosaurs were Ornithischians (the order of bird-hipped dinosaurs) and Ornithopods ("bird-footed" herbivores with hoof-like feet).
Hadrosaurs are divided into two groups, the Hadrodsaurinae (non-crested hadrosaurs) and the Lambeosaurinae (hadrosaurs that had skull crests that connected with their nasal passages).
Hadrosaurs lived during the late Cretaceous period. Their fossils have been found in North America, Europe, and Asia"....Enchanted Learning
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