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Stegosaurus
2012-06-12 19:39:25

Stegosaurus, meaning “roof lizard,” is a genus of stegosaurid armored dinosaur from the Kimmeridgian to early Tithonian stages of the Late Jurassic Period (145 mya) in what is now western North America. It was first discovered from a bone bed in the Morrison Formation in Morrison, Colorado, and was first described in 1877 by Othniel Charles Marsh. These first fossils became known as the...

Wuerhosaurus
2011-02-28 13:50:20

Wuerhosaurus is a genus of stegosaurid dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Period of what is now China. It was one of the last genera of stegosaurs known to survive, since most others died out during the Late Jurassic Period. The type species, W. homheni, was described by Dong Zhiming in 1973 from the Tugulu Group in Xinjiang, western China. The specimen is known from a fragmentary skeleton...

Spinophorosaurus
2011-02-25 17:34:24

Spinophorosaurus, meaning "spine-bearing lizard," is a genus of early sauropod dinosaur from the Mid Jurassic Period or possibly earlier. It was discovered in a rock formation in Niger, belonging to the lower part of the Irhazer Group. The specimen is unusual for having spiked ectoderms, probably from the tail, similar to the famed thagomizer found in stegosaurs. The type specimen, S....

Tuojiangosaurus
2010-12-14 23:04:00

Tuojiangosaurus, meaning "Tuo River lizard," is a genus of stegosaurid dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period. It was found in the Upper Shaximiao Formation of what is now Sichuan Province, China. The type species, T. multispinus (which is also the only known species) was named in 1977, based on two specimens. A mounted skeleton of T. multispinus is on display at the Municipal Museum of...

Hesperosaurus
2010-07-27 13:08:09

Hesperosaurus, meaning "western lizard," is a genus of herbivorous dinosaur from the Kimmeridgian and Tithonian stages of the Late Jurassic Period (150 million years ago). It was discovered in the US state Wyoming in the Morrison Formation. Hesperosaurus was described in 2001 by Kenneth Carpenter, and named it for its location in the western United States. It is known from a nearly complete...

Kentrosaurus
2010-02-03 14:32:40

Kentrosaurus, meaning "pointed lizard", is a genus of stegosaur dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period of what is now Tanzania. It is related to the better known Stegosaurus of North America. It was discovered in the Tendaguru Formation from the Kimmeridgian stage from 156 to 151 million years ago. It was first described by Edwin Hennig in 1915. The type species is K. aethiopicus. It is...

Miragaia
2010-02-02 15:13:18

Miragaia, named for the area in which it was found (Miragaia, Portugal), is a genus of stegosaurid dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period (approximately 150 million years ago). A fairly complete half skeleton and partial skull were discovered. It was described by Octávio Mateus and his colleagues in 2009. The type species is M. longicollum. Fragments from a juvenile individual were also...

Gigantspinosaurus
2009-09-29 14:56:36

Gigantspinosaurus, meaning "giant spined lizard", is a genus of stegosaur dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period. It was found in the Upper Shaximiao Formation of Zigong, Sichuan, China. It is known from a partial skeleton missing most of the skull, hind feet, and tail. The type species, G. sichuanensis, was described in 1992. It was known as Nomen nudum until 2006. This dinosaur had a...

Dacentrurus
2009-08-18 20:53:53

Dacentrurus, meaning "very sharp tail", is a genus of stegosaur dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period (154 to 150 million years ago). It was described by Richard Owen in 1875 as Omosaurus armatus. It was the first stegosaur to be discovered. Its genus name was changed to Dacentrurus, as the former was already taken. Other species include D. durobrivensis, D. phillipsi, and D. vetustus. Its...

Chungkingosaurus
2009-08-18 19:48:22

Chungkingosaurus, meaning "Chongqing lizard", is a genus of stegosaur dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period. It is located in the Upper Shaximiao Formation in what is now China. The type species, C. jiangbeiensis, was found near Chongqing, China in 1977. It was first described in 1983 by Dong Zhiming, Zhou Shiwu, and Chang Yihong. This is one of the smallest stegosaurs known at about 10 to...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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