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PANOPLOSAURUS

a plant-eating nodosaurid ankylosaurian dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of North America.
panaplosaurus skull
Pronunciation: pan-O-plo-SOR-us
Meaning: Fully armoured lizard
Author/s: Lambe (1919)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Alberta, Canada
Chart Position: 92

Panaplosaurus mirus

(Amazing fully-armoured lizard)Etymology
Panoplosaurus is derived from the Greek "panoplos" (completely armored) and "sauros" (lizard), because of its generous covering of armour.
The species epithet, mirus, means "wonderful" or "amazing" in Latin.
Discovery
The first remains of Panoplosaurus were discovered at "Quarry 8" in the Dinosaur Park Formation (Belly River Group), Little Sandhill Creek, Alberta, Canada, by Charles M. Sternberg during the Geological Survey vertebrate paleontological field party of 1917.
The holotype (CMN 2759) is a virtually complete skull and partial skeleton.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Campanian
Age range: 80-73 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 7 meters
Est. max. hip height: 2 meters
Est. max. weight: 3 tons
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Carpenter K. (1990) "Ankylosaur systematics: example using Panoplosaurus and Edmontonia (Ankylosauria: Nodosauridae)" in "Dinosaur Systematics: Approaches and Perspectives".
• Vickaryous M.K, Maryańska T. and Weishampel D.B. (2004) "Ankylosauria" in Weishampel, Dodson and Osmólska (eds.) "The Dinosauria: Second Edition".
• Witmer L.M. and Ridgely R.C. (2008) "The Paranasal Air Sinuses of Predatory and Armored Dinosaurs (Archosauria: Theropoda and Ankylosauria) and Their Contribution to Cephalic Structure".
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Atkinson, L. "PANOPLOSAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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