Acanthopholis

Acanthopholis horridus

  • Pronounced:  ack - an - THOF - oh - liss

  • Diet:  Herbivore (plant-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Prickly Scales"

  • Length:  6 feet (5 m)

  • Height:  8 feet (2.5 m)

  • Weight:  unknown

  • Time:  Middle Cretaceous - 120 m.y.a

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Europe

Discovered in England in 1867, Acanthopholis was a plant eater whose head, neck, back, and tail were covered with armored plates, called scutes. The scutes on this dinosaur were pointy and would have protected the animal from meat-eating predators.

Named by Thomas Huxley, one of the most prominent scientists and thinkers of 19th century Europe, Acanthopholis has had a somewhat controversial history. It was probably slightly smaller and lighter than its North American nodosaur relatives.  It is known only from a fragmentary skeleton found in southern England.



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