Dacentrurus (Very sharp tail)
Frederic Augustus Lucas - 1902
Estimated up to 20 meters long
D. armatus (type)
England, France, Portugal and Spain
Late Jurassic, 155-150 million years ago
Dacentrurus was a species of stegosaurid dinosaur that lived during the Late Jurassic period, approximately 155 to 150 million years ago. The name Dacentrurus means “very sharp tail” in Greek, and this dinosaur was named for the large, spiky plates on its tail that it used for defense against predators. Dacentrurus was a large dinosaur, measuring up to 20 meters in length and weighing several tons. It was quadrupedal, and its body was covered in bony plates and spikes, making it well-protected from danger.
Like many other stegosaurids, Dacentrurus was a herbivore, and it likely fed on low-lying plants and shrubs. It had a large, narrow skull with long, serrated teeth that it used to strip leaves and stems from plants. Despite its large size, Dacentrurus was a fast runner, and its long hind legs and agile tail gave it the ability to maneuver quickly and escape predators.
Dacentrurus is known from several well-preserved skeletons, including some complete with impressions of its skin and armor plates. These fossils provide valuable insights into the anatomy and behavior of this fascinating dinosaur. Today, Dacentrurus is one of the most well-known stegosaurids and continues to be a popular subject for research and study in the field of paleontology.