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Lexovisaurus (Nobu Tamura)


Lexovisaurus (Greek for "Lexovii lizard"); pronounced lex-OH-vih-SORE-us


Woodlands of western Europe

Historical Period:

Late Jurassic (160 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 15 feet long and half a ton



Distinguishing Characteristics:

Medium size; plates and spines along back


About Lexovisaurus:

Lexovisaurus (which is named after the Lexovii, an ancient, savage tribe from western Europe) is one of those stegosaurs that hasn't quite been nailed down yet, classification-wise. It was originally assigned as a species of Dacentrurus, then reassigned to its own genus, though paleontologists have attributed some remains to the even more shaky Loricatosaurus. Whatever the case, Lexovisaurus appears to have been one of the earliest European stegosaurs, a medium-sized herbivore that browsed the low-lying vegetation of modern-day France and England.

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