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Pinacosaurus Fact Sheet
Dinosaur/Paleontology Dictionary
NAME: Meaning - Pinacosaurus means "plank lizard"
Pronounced - PIN-ah-co-SAWR-us
Named By - Charles Gilmore
When Named - 1933
DIET: Herbivore (plant-eater)
SIZE: Length - 18 ft (5.5 m) long
Height - 2 ft (60 cm) tall at the hips
Weight - ?
WHEN IT LIVED: Late Cretaceous period, about 81-85 million years ago
WHERE IT LIVED: Fossils have been found in Mongolia, Asia.
FOSSILS: Over 35 incomplete fossils have been found, many in large bonebeds, indicating that Pinacosaurus may had roamed in herds.
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 - armored dinosaurs
  • Superfamily Ankylosauria - tank-like dinosaurs covered with bony plates
  • Family Ankylosauridae - with tail clubs
  • Genus Pinacosaurus
  • Species P. grangeri (type species named by Gilmore, 1933)
INTERESTING
FACTS:
Pinacosaurus was a medium-sized, armored, beaked, quadruped with a slender build. It had a tail club, bony spikes along its back and tail, but didn't have armor on its snout. Pinacosaurus had flared nostrils, four large hoof-covered toes on its front feet and five toes on each of its rear feet.




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