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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Ornithischia
  Suborder Thyreophora
  Infraorder Ankylosauria
  Family Nodosauridae
  Genus Panoplosaurus
Panoplosaurus was an armored herbivore (plant-eating) that lived in the late Cretaceous period, between about 76 and 71 million years ago. Fossils of the animal have so far been found in western North America - in Montana, and in Alberta, Canada.

Panoplosaurus was about 18 to 25 feet (5.5 to 7.5 meters) long, about 6½ feet (2 meters) tall, and probably weighed around 3.5 tons.

Panoplosaurus was protected from predators by heavy armor. This armor included bands of studded plates that protected its back and tail, and squares of bony armor that guarded its shoulders. Additionally, the bones of its head were fused together, and would have thus formed a helmet-like shield. Unlike some other armored dinosaurs (such as Ankylosaurus), Panoplosaurus was not equipped with a tail club, but it is thought possible that Panoplosaurus may have made defensive charges, in a similar way to that of today's rhinoceros.


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Panoplosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 76 to 71 million years ago

Panoplosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 76 to 71 million years ago

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

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

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

  4. Panoplosaurus lived between about 76 million years ago and 71 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period.

  5. Panoplosaurus lived in North America.

  6. Panoplosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater).

  7. Panoplosaurus was about 18 to 25 feet (5.5 to 7.5 meters) long, and about 6½ feet (2 meters) tall.

  8. Panoplosaurus weighed about 3.5 tons.

  9. Panoplosaurus was heavily armored with bands of studded plates protecting its back and tail, squares of bony armor covering its shoulders, and with fused bones in its skull acting as a helmet-like shield. However, unlike Ankylosaurus, Panoplosaurus was not equipped with a tail club.

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