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Stegosaurus



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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Ornithischia
  Suborder Thyreophora
  Infraorder Stegosauria
  Family Stegosauridae
  Genus Stegosaurus
Stegosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived in North America and Europe (the first European specimen was found in Portugal in 2006) during the late Jurassic period, about 155 to 144 million years ago. The creature's name, which was chosen by Othniel C. Marsh in 1877, means "roof lizard".

Stegosaurus was up to 30 feet (9.1 meters) long. An average Stegosaurus was around 20 feet (6.1 meters) long, and weighed 2 tons. Stegosaurus had much longer hind legs than forelegs, and very strong muscles around its hips. So, although Stegosaurus walked on all fours, it is thought likely that the animal could have lifted its forelegs off the ground to eat from the branches of trees.

Stegosaurus bony plates on its back that could have been used for protection, and possibly temperature regulation. The largest of the plates were over 2 feet (60 centimeters) high. Nobody is absolutely sure how the plates on the back were arranged, because the plates have never been found still attached to the skeleton. Some scientist believe the plates may have lay flat on the skin. However, most scientists believe the plates stood erect on the back, and were arranged in pairs or a zigzag pattern. Stegosaurus also had pairs of spikes on its tail which were about 3 feet (0.9 meters) long. There were several species of Stegosaurus, and the number of tail spikes varied between Stegosaurus species.

One unusual feature of Stegosaurus, which was first noted by Othniel C. Marsh, is that the animal had a large canal in the hip region of the spinal chord, that could have accommodated a structure about 20 times larger than the creature's brain. There has been a lot of speculation about this region, including the idea that dinosaurs like Stegosaurus had a second "brain" which controlled reflexes in the rear of the animal. A more recent idea about this, is that canal accommodated a glycogen body, a structure which is also found in some living birds.

Stegosaurus has been designated the official state fossil of Colorado, since 1982.


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Stegosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 155 to 144 million years ago

Stegosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 155 to 144 million years ago

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

  2. "Stegosaurus" means "roof lizard". This name was chosen by Othniel C. Marsh in 1877.

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

  4. Stegosaurus lived between about 155 million years ago and 144 million years ago, during the Jurassic period.

  5. Stegosaurus lived in North America and Europe.

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

  7. Stegosaurus was typically about 20 feet (6.1 meters) long, but some animals grew up to 30 feet (9.1 meters) long.

  8. Stegosaurus weighed about 2 tons.




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The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek
By Evelyn Sibley Lampman

Purple House Press
Released: September 1st, 2007
Paperback (218 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1930900376
  • EAN: 9781930900370
  • PartNumber: Illustrated
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  • Paperback
  • Format: Illustrated
  • Number of Pages: 218
  • Author: Evelyn Sibley Lampman
  • Publication Date: September 1st, 2007
  • Release Date: September 1st, 2007
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  • Weight: 0.6 Pounds
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Stegosaurus: The Friendliest Dinosaur (Dinosaur Books)
By Anna Obiols

B.E.S. Publishing
Released: September 1st, 2012
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  • Brand: B.E.S. Publishing
  • ISBNs: 143800107X, 9781438001074
  • EAN: 9781438001074
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  • Number of Pages: 36
  • Author: Anna Obiols
  • Publication Date: September 1st, 2012
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Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please!?
By Lois G. Grambling

Troll Communications
Released: February 1st, 1998
Paperback (32 pages)

Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please!?
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Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please!?
  • Manufacturer: Troll Communications
  • ISBN: 0816733872
  • EAN: 9780816733873
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  • Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 32
  • Author: Lois G. Grambling
  • Publication Date: February 1st, 1998
  • Release Date: February 1st, 1998
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  • Size: 6.3 Inches by 6.3 Inches by 0.3 Inches
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Stegosaurus, Little Brainy Dinosaur 100 Pages Composition Notebook, The Perfect Primary Journal for Grade K-2 and Your Kids!: Little Brainer Dinosaur Book Set for Kids,
By Dhanny Dhammac

Independently published
Released: October 1st, 2020
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  • EAN: 9798692612137
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  • Number of Pages: 100
  • Author: Dhanny Dhammac
  • Publication Date: October 1st, 2020
  • Release Date: October 1st, 2020
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A Stegosaurus Would NOT Make a Good Pirate (Dinosaur Daydreams)
By Thomas Kingsley Troupe

Picture Window Books
Released: February 1st, 2018
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  • Brand: Picture Window Books
  • ISBN: 1515821331
  • EAN: 9781515821335
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  • Format: Picture Book
  • Edition: Reprint
  • Number of Pages: 24
  • Author: Thomas Kingsley Troupe
  • Publication Date: February 1st, 2018
  • Release Date: February 1st, 2018
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Stegosaurus: An Extraordinary Specimen and the Secrets It Reveals
By Dr. Paul Barrett

Natural History Museum
Released: September 1st, 2017
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  • Brand: Natural History Museum
  • ISBN: 0565093886
  • EAN: 9780565093884
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  • Number of Pages: 48
  • Author: Dr. Paul Barrett
  • Publication Date: September 1st, 2017
  • Release Date: September 1st, 2017
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Do You Really Want to Meet Stegosaurus? (Do You Really Want to Meet a Dinosaur?)
By Annette Bay Pimentel

Amicus Ink
Released: August 29th, 2017
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  • Brand: Amicus Ink
  • ISBN: 1681521393
  • EAN: 9781681521398
  • PartNumber: 43187-52698
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  • Format: Illustrated
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Number of Pages: 24
  • Author: Annette Bay Pimentel
  • Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
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Never Underestimate A Woman Who Love Stegosaurus: Animal lover Gifts Lined Notebook For Men, Women, Boys And Girls Journal.
By Animal House

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  • Number of Pages: 100
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  • Publication Date: October 21st, 2020
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Stegosaurus (Dinosaurs)
By Charles Lennie

Capstone Classroom
Released: August 1st, 2016
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  • ISBN: 1496609964
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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Number of Pages: 24
  • Author: Charles Lennie
  • Publication Date: August 1st, 2016
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The Shy Stegosaurus of Indian Springs
By Evelyn Sibley Lampman

Doubleday and Company
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  • Number of Pages: 232
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