Nodosaurus

Nodosaurus textilis

  • Pronounced:  no-do-Saw-rus

  • Diet:  Herbivore (plant-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Knob Lizard"

  • Length:  20 ft. (6 m)

  • Height:  9 ft. (3 m)

  • Weight:  unknown

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 95 million years ago

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in North America

Discovered in 1889, Nodosaurus was one of the first armored dinosaurs to be discovered in North America. This dinosaur was first thought to be a member of the family that includes Stegosaurus  Nodosaurus was a plant-eater and was well protected from most meat-eaters with its thick armor. This is an important dinosaur because it helped define one of the two families of armored dinosaurs. Unlike the other family (what is the other family?), the nodosaurs didn't have clubs on the end of their tails.

Like many dinosaurs collected during the Cope-Marsh bone war discoveries, this dinosaur was not collected with great care. Its exact locale was not noted with sufficient attention to detail and scientists can only assume the exact formation that once held this dinosaur.



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