Scutellosaurus lawleri

  • Pronounced:  skoo - tell - o - Sore - us

  • Diet:  Herbivore (Plant-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Little Shield Lizard"

  • Length:  4 Feet (1.2m)

  • Height:  1 Foot (30cm)

  • Weight:  22 pounds (10 kilos)

  • Time:  Early Jurassic - 195 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Western North America

Scutellosaurus is the oldest known armored dinosaur. It was a small dinosaur that looked like some of the very first Triassic dinosaurs. It walked on its hind legs, ate plants and had a long tail. It is thought that Scutellosaurus was related to the earlier Lesothosaurus  which it resembles very closely, apart from its armored plates. In fact, this little dinosaur was discovered with more than 300 little bony plates along its back and neck. Most scientists think that Scutellosaurus could have grown larger than those that have been found to date.

As the first armored dinosaur yet discovered, Scutellosaurus is probably the ancestor of both ankylosaurs and stegosaurs. There are many theories about this little dinosaur. Some feel that the weight of its bony plates would have created the need for it to walk quadrapedally, thus paving the way for its larger descendants.

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