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Minmi paravertabra

ANATOMY
Minmi was a small armored dinosaur (an ankylosaur) that walked on four legs and had a long tail. This plant-eater had some bony body armor on its body. Unlike other ankylosaurids, Minmi had horizontal plates of bones that ran along the sides of its vertebrae (hence its species name). Minmi had four short legs (the rear legs were larger than the front legs), a short neck, and a wide skull with a tiny brain. Minmi was about 10 feet (3 m) long and was roughly 3 feet (1 m) tall to the top of the shoulder.

WHEN MINMI LIVED
Minmi lived during the early Cretaceous Period, about 119-113 million years ago.

DIET
Minmi was an herbivore (it ate only plants) eating low-lying plant material like cycads, ferns, horse-tail rushes, etc.

INTELLIGENCE
Minmi was an ankylosaur, whose intelligence (as measured by its relative brain to body weight, or EQ) was low among the dinosaurs.

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LOCOMOTION
Minmi probably moved relatively slowly on four legs (as determined from fossilized tracks, its estimated mass, and its leg length).

DISCOVERY OF FOSSILS
Minmi was found near the Minmi Crossing, in the Bungil Formation, near Roma, Queensland, Australia. It was described in 1980 by Ralph E. Molnar.

CLASSIFICATION
Minmi belonged to the Order Ornithischia, Suborder Thyreophora, was an Ankylosaur (a group of tank-like armored dinosaurs that included Euoplocephalus, Talarurus, Saichania, and Talarurus) and a Nodosaurid (ankylosaurs with no clubbed tail that included Hylaeosaurus, Nodosaurus, Panoplosaurus, Sauropelta, and Struthiosaurus,).






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