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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Ornithischia
  Suborder Thyreophora
  Infraorder Ankylosauria
  Family Ankylosauridae
  Genus Ankylosaurus
Ankylosaurus was a massive herbivore (plant-eater) that lived in the late Cretaceous period (74 to 65 million years ago) in North America. It was one of the dinosaurs that died out in the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction, 65 million years ago.

Ankylosaurus was covered with massive armor to protect it from predators, was up to 33 feet (10 meters) long, and weighed over 4 tons.

The armor consisted of hundreds of oval-shapped bony plates embedded in its leathery hide. There were also four spikes on its head (two at the back, and one on each cheek), and a heavy bony growth on the end of its tail, which was was probably use a club in defense, when Ankylosaurus was attacked by predators.

Ankylosaurus was named by Barnum Brown in 1908 and means "stiffened lizard".


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Ankylosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 74 to 65 million years ago

Ankylosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 74 to 65 million years ago

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Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Ankylosaurus:
  1. Ankylosaurus was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. "Ankylosaurus" means "stiffened lizard". This name was chosen by Barnum Brown in 1908.

  3. Ankylosaurus was a member of the Ornithischia ("bird-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Ankylosaurus was not closely related to birds, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  4. Ankylosaurus lived between about 74 million years ago and 65 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period.

  5. Ankylosaurus was one of the dinosaurs which died out during the Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction at the end of the Mesozoic Era.

  6. Ankylosaurus lived in North America.

  7. Ankylosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater).

  8. Ankylosaurus was about 33 feet (10 meters) long.

  9. Ankylosaurus weighed about 4 tons.

  10. Ankylosaurus was protected by hundreds of bony plates and four spikes on its head. It also had a heavy bony growth on its tail which it could swing as a club.

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