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What are Taxonomy and Cladistics How Are Dinosaurs Classified? Dinosaur Genera Not Dinosaurs, but Old and Interesting
Major Dinosaur Families Saurischian Dinosaurs
"Lizard-Hipped"
Ornithischian Dinosaurs
"Bird-Hipped"
Dinosaur Cladogram


Thyreophora (or Enoplosauria): Stegosauria and Ankylosauria

Thyreophorans (meaning "shield bearers") are a group of ornithischian (bird-hipped) dinosaurs that include Scutellosaurus, Scelidosaurus, stegosaurs, and ankylosaurs. Thyreophorans were quadrupedal plant-eaters that had bony body armor (plates, spikes, and/or scutes).

These plant-eaters include the stegosaurs (plated dinosaurs like Stegosaurus, Kentrosaurus, etc.) and the ankylosaurs (armored dinosaurs like Ankylosaurus, Euoplocephalus, etc.).

Thyreophorans:
Stegosauria (Plated dinosaurs)


Kentrosaurus


Stegosaurus
Ankylosauria (Armored dinosaurs)


Ankylosaurus

A large, tank-like dinosaur (35 ft long) from the late Cretaceous period.


Euoplocephalus

A large, tank-like dinosaur (23 ft long) from the late Cretaceous period.


Nodosaurus

A large, armored, plant-eating dinosaur (18 ft long) from the early Cretaceous period, about 113-98 million years ago.


Panoplosaurus

A tank-like, spiked, plant-eating dinosaur (23 ft long) from the late Cretaceous period.


Polacanthus

An armored and spiked plant-eating dinosaur (13 ft long) from the early Cretaceous period.


Sauropelta

Sauropelta was an armored, plant-eating dinosaur (25 ft long) from the early Cretaceous period.



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