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Ankylosaur Dinosaurs

Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Ornithischia
  Suborder Thyreophora
  Infraorder Ankylosauria
The Ankylosauria (meaning "fused lizards") dinosaurs were a infraorder of the the Ornithischian dinosaurs. Together with the Stegosaurs, Ankylosaurs form the Thyreophora ("shield bearers") suborder of Ornithischia. Dinosaurs in the Ankylosauria infraorder include Ankylosaurus (of course!), as well as, among others, Animantarx, Edmontonia, Euoplocephalus (sometimes known as "Scolosaurus"), Gastonia, and Tarchia.

Ankylosaurs first appeared during the early Jurassic period, and survived until the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago, when all the remaining non-avian dinosaurs became extinct.

Dinosaur Classification

All Ankylosaurs were herbivores (plant-eaters), quadrupedal (walking on four legs), and protected by armor. Although the amount of armor did differ between species. The Ankylosaurs are principally divided into two families - the Ankylosauridae and the Nodosauridae - the big difference between that most (but not all) of the former have bony clubs in their tails, whereas none of the latter family where equipped with such clubs. Recent research has however added one additional family, Scelidosauridae to the Ankylosaurs - this group currently contains only two early and primitive armored dinosaurs: Bienosaurus and Scelidosaurus.

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Ankylosaur Timeline:

Ankylosaurs first appeared during the early Jurassic, about 200 million years ago, and survived until the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago

Ankylosaurs first appeared during the early Jurassic, about 200 million years ago, and survived until the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago

Types of Ankylosaurs

Here is a list of some Ankylosaurs:














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