Nodosaurus ‭(‬Knobbled lizard‭)

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Nodosaurus ‭(‬Knobbled lizard‭)

Phonetic : No-doe-sore-us.

Named By : Othniel Charles Marsh‭ ‬-‭ ‬1889

Diet : Herbivore

Size : Estimated 4 – 6 meters long

Type of Dinosaur : Armoured Dinosaur

Type Species : N.‭ ‬textilis‭ (‬type‭)‬

Found in : USA,‭ ‬Wyoming‭ & ‬Kansas

When it Lived : Early Cretaceous, 110-100 million years ago

Nodosaurus, which means “knobbed Lizard”, is a genus consisting of an ankylosaurian herbivorous dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous. Its fossils can be found in North America.

The length of this nodosaurid ankylosaur measured between 4 and 6 metres (13 to 20 feet). It was an ornithischian dinosaurus with bony dermal plates covering its top. There may also have been spikes along its sides. It had a series of dermal plates that were placed in bands across its body. There were narrow bands above the ribs and wider plates between. These larger plates were covered with regularly-arranged bony nodules that gave the animal its scientific name. Paul estimated the animal’s length at 6m (20 ft) in 2010 and its weight at 3.85 short tons (3.85 tonnes).

It was short with four legs and five toes, had a short neck and a stiff, clubless tail. It had a narrow head with small teeth and a powerful jaw. It may have eaten soft plants as it was unable to chew fibrous ones. Or, it could have processed them with its huge intestinal apparatus and gastroliths.

In Wyoming’s Frontier Formation, one incomplete specimen was found. Othniel Marsh named Nodosaurus in 1889 as one of the first armored dinosaurs discovered in North America.

Source: Wikipedia