Scutellosaurus was a small herbivore (plant-eating)
that lived in North America during the early
between about 200 and 196 million years ago.
It is one of the earliest known armored dinosaurs.
Scutellosaurus was about 4 feet (1.2 meters) long, and about 1 foot 8 inches (0.5 meters)
tall at the hips. It weighed something in the region of 22 pounds (10 kilograms).
Scutellosaurus had a covering of hundreds of bony plates (scutes) on its back
and neck. Some of the scutes were flat whereas others were pitted. Unusually for
an armored dinosaur, it was bipedal - however it had a long tail and long arms so
may have browsed on all fours.
Scutellosaurus was a member of the Ornithischia ("bird-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Scutellosaurus was not closely related to birds, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.
Scutellosaurus lived between about 200 million years ago and 196 million years ago, during the late Jurassic period.
Scutellosaurus lived in North America.
Scutellosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater).
Scutellosaurus was about 4 feet (1,2 meters) long, and 1 foot 8 inches (20 centimeters) tall at the hips.
Scutellosaurus weighed about 22 pounds (10 kilograms).
Scutellosaurus was protected by hundreds of bony plates (scutes) that cover its neck and back. Some of the plates were flat, whereas others were pitted.
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