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Since we can’t see dinosaurs in action, we have to deduce their abilities based on fossil evidence. New evidence presented on Tuesday at the meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver has found that the Stegosaurus could fatally gore would-be attackers with its spiky tail.
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 type species S. armatus. Marsh initially believed the remains were from an aquatic turtle-like...
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. nigerensis, was described by Remes et al. in 2009. Photo Copyright and Credit
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