Polacanthus

Polacanthus foxii

  • Pronounced:  Poe-laa-Kan - thus

  • Diet:  Herbivore (Plant-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Many Spine"

  • Length:  13 Feet (4m)

  • Height:  5 Feet (1.7 m)

  • Weight:  1 Ton (900 kilos)

  • Time:  Early Cretaceous - 140 mya

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in England

A few fossil remains of Polacanthus, an armored dinosaur, were among the first dinosaurs ever discovered. In fact, it was Sir Richard Owen, the man who coined the word Dinosaur, who described Polacanthus in 1865. This plant-eater had a large solid plate of bone over its hips. When it was first discovered, it was thought to be the shell of some prehistoric turtle.

An early member of the ankylosaur family, Polacanthus is believed to be descended from Hylaeosaurus. Its spikes and dermal plates are not as pronounced as some later ankylosaurs, and it is speculated that it has a somewhat smaller head and no club on its tail. The fossil remains are still sparse and much of what has been written about this dinosaur is speculation.



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