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Panoplosaurus Fact Sheet
Dinosaur/Paleontology Dictionary
NAME: Meaning - Panoplosaurus means "Totally-armored lizard"
Pronounced - PAN-o-plo-SAWR-us
Named By - Lawrence Lambe
When Named - 1919
DIET: Herbivore (plant-eater) - it ate low-lying plants
SIZE: Length - 23 ft (7 m) long
Height - 4 ft (1.2 m) tall at the hips
Weight - 3.5 tons
WHEN IT LIVED: Late Cretaceous period, about 76-73 million years ago
WHERE IT LIVED: Fossils have been found in Alberta (Canada) and Montana (USA), North America.
FOSSILS: The first Panoplosaurus fossil was found in the Judith River Formation in Alberta, Canada. Fossils have also been found in Montana, USA.
CLASSIFICATION:
  • Kingdom Animalia (animals)
  • Phylum Chordata (having a hollow nerve chord ending in a brain)
  • Class Archosauria (diapsids with socket-set teeth, etc.)
  • Order Ornithischia - beaked, bird-hipped dinosaurs that were plant-eaters
  • Suborder Thyreophora (Enoplosauria) - armored, spiked and/or plated dinosaurs
  • Superfamily Ankylosauria - armored dinosaurs
  • Family Nodosauridae - having no tail club
  • Genus Panoplosaurus
  • Species P. mirus (type species named by Lambe, 1919)
INTERESTING
FACTS:
Panoplosaurus was a nodosaurid ankylosaur (a tank-like dinosaur with no tail club) that had a bulky, heavily-armored body, four short legs, a short neck, a wide skull, and a stiff tail. It was protected by bony plates over much of its body and by short spikes on its shoulders, neck, head, and sides. It had a toothless beak and leaf-shaped cheek teeth.


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