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Silvisaurus

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Silvisaurus (Getty Images)

Name:

Silvisaurus (Greek for "woodland lizard"); pronounced SILL-vih-SORE-us

Habitat:

Woodlands of North America

Historical Period:

Middle Cretaceous (110-100 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 13 feet long and one ton

Diet:

Plants

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Armor plating; spines along sides

 

About Silvisaurus:

The euphoniously named Silvisaurus (Greek for "woodland lizard") was a member of the subgroup of ankylosaurs known as nodosaurs, squat, armored, four-legged dinosaurs lacking clubs on their tails. To judge by the single specimen identified so far (in a Kansas fossil bed), the middle Cretaceous Silvisaurus was an especially primitive member of its breed, closely related to other early nodosaurs like Sauropelta and Pawpawsaurus.

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