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New ankylosaur revealed

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https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/spiky-utah-dinosaur-had-more-than--a-face-only-a-mother-could-love--10545876
 

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With its head and snout covered in bony armor shaped like cones and pyramids, a spiky tank-like dinosaur unearthed in southern Utah was not just another pretty face.

Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of fossils of a dinosaur named Akainacephalus johnsoni that lived 76 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. It was a four-legged, armor-studded plant-eater with a menacing club at the end of its tail.

It was a member of a dinosaur group called ankylosaurs, among the most heavily armored animals ever on Earth - and for good reason, considering the predators around at the time.

The unique shape and arrangement of its head and snout armor may be its most intriguing trait, the researchers said, giving clues about the Asian ancestry of some of the ankylosaurs that roamed western North America near the end of the dinosaur era.

"Someone once told me that Akainacephalus, and ankylosaurs in general, were quite ugly and had a face only a mother could love. I must say that I wholeheartedly disagree. These are quite extraordinary and beautiful animals," said paleontologist Jelle Wiersma of James Cook University in Australia.

 

 

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Ozfactor

An awesome looking vegetarian  :) 

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Sameerr

The ankylosaurids are the best armored animals ever to have existed.

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