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What is Ankylosauridae?

Pronunciation: ang-KI-lo-SOR-uh-day
Author: Barnum Brown
Year: 1908
Meaning: Fused lizards (see etymology)
Locomotion: Quadrupedal (four legs)
Synonyms: Syrmosauridae (Maleev, 1952)
[Sereno 1998]Definition
The most inclusive clade containing Ankylosaurus magniventris but not Panoplosaurus mirus
About
Ankylosaurids are the heavy duty ankylosaurs—the heavily armoured, heavily armed and just plain old heavy thyreophorans, aka "shield bearers".

Gargoyleosaurus parkpinorum from the Kimmeridgian-Tithonian-aged Morrison Formation is the oldest and smallest ankylosaurid, while Ankylosaurus magniventris, the group mascot from the Maastrichtian of Montana, Alberta and possibly Wyoming, is the youngest but largest.

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Fused LizardsEtymology
Ankylosauridae is derived from the Greek "ankylos" (fused), "sauros" (lizard), and "-idae" (family).
Relationships
References
• Carpenter K. (2001) "The Armored Dinosaurs". /uk.
• Vickaryous M.K., Maryańska T. and Weishampel D.B. (2004) "Ankylosauria" in Weishampel, Dodson and Osmólska "The Dinosauria: Second Edition". /uk.
• Kirkland J.I., Alcalá L., Loewen M.A., Espílez E., Mampel L. and Wiersma J.P. (2013) "The basal nodosaurid ankylosaur Europelta carbonensis n. gen., n. sp. from the Lower Cretaceous (lower Albian) Escucha Formation of northeastern Spain".
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