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Dinosaur of the Week – Anklyosaurus!

September 12, 2010

 

 

If you’ve been tuning in to Radiosaurus (my radio show), you will likely have noticed that I do a “Dinosaur of the Week” section. Well, by nonexistant demand, I have decided to make that a regular section online as well. Enjoy!

This week’s dinosaur feature is the Anklyosaurus

The name “Ankylosaurus” means “fuzed lizard,” which makes perfect sense. This Cretaceous Era beast has been estimated by scientists to have been about 6.25 m (20.5 ft) long, up to 1.5 m (5 ft) wide and about 1.7 m (5.5 ft) high at the hip, and may have weighed over 6000 kg! It was a quadraped dinosaur, with a wide, low-slung body. 

If you’ve ever seen an anklyosaurus fossil, you will have noticed its most prominent feature: the massive knobs and plates of bone across its entire body and the culmination of its tail in a massive bone club at the tip. Having a weapon built right into your tail is obviously pretty awesome, and I bet this dinosaur didn’t take crap from anyone; a scientific study done in 2009 showed that the large tail knobs could possibly be swung with enough force to break the bones of an assailant. So next time you go to throw a punch, pretend you’re an Anklyosaur, and you’ll be automatically better at it.

Ankylosaurs have been unearthed in Wyoming, Montana, and good ol’ Alberta.

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