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Snarl’s Dino Facts: Ankylosaurus


Hello once more Dinos and visitors of our Blog!I hope you’re ready for this week’s dino fact!
It was really Hard for me to choose this week’s Dino Fact….But Finally I choose it to be about Ankylosaurus Because I’m trying to keep some kind of a balance between Herbivores and Carnivores….

Did you know that Ankylosaurus was named by Barnum Brown in 1908 and is known from three fairly complete specimens from Alberta, Wyoming and Hell Creek formation in Montana. Ankylosaur trackways have also been found near Sucre in Bolivia, South America. Its fossil remains are restricted to rocks from the Cretaceous period. According to old earth scientists, Ankylosaurus lived in the late Cretaceous Period, about 70-65 million years ago.

Also Ankylosaurus had to eat a huge amount of low-lying plant material to sustain itself so its gut must have been very large. It probably had a fermentation compartment to aid in the digestion of the tough plant material, producing prodigious amounts of gas!
The Ankylosaurus was the largest of the Ankylosaurids and measured anything from 20-30 ft long. With an extremely wide and bulky frame the Ankylosaurus was the tank of dinosaurs in more ways than one.
One of the most prominent features of the bone structure of the Ankylosaurus was its tail club. The vertebra of the tail region was formed as a series of huge Osteoderms which are actually bone plates. These bone plates were interconnected with seven tail vertebrae joining together providing enormous strength to the base of the club.

If enough strength and power wasn’t enough they also possessed several bony tendons which infused extra power to the tail allowing it to be used effectively as a defensive weapon. It’s thought that a single strike of the tail could break the bones of it’s attacker.A full grown Ankylosaurus measured about 25-35 feet long, 6 feet wide and 4-5 feet tall. It weighed between 3-4 tons and also the largest Ankylosaurs are estimated to have been 33 ft (10 m) from head to tail.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Journey Back to the Dino Times! See you Next time for some more Dino knowledge! 😉

Blug on,

~Snarl~

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