In the past, dinosaurs roamed the Earth freely.
One dinosaur kind could be identified by its armored back. This was the family of Nodosauridae.
In England, a new species was recovered that belonged to the Late Cretaceous era. It was named Anoplosaurus or an 'unarmed lizard'. Are you wondering why it was unarmed? Because the specimen did not have armor, probably because it died at a young age. Even though the species has been named and described, there is still a lot of debate surrounding its existence. The confusion exists as many of the referred bone parts belonged to other dinosaur species, such as ankylosaur (an armored nodosaur). This is quite a common problem for fossils recovered from the Cambridge Greensand site.
You pronounce Anoplosaurus as 'Ah-nop-loe-sore-us'.
Anoplosaurus was a genus of Nodosauridae. It is considered a basal member of this family based on the long tooth row.
Anoplosaurus roamed the Earth during the Early/Lower Cenomanian stage (93.5-99.6 Ma) of the Late Cretaceous period.
Research is yet to reveal exactly why the Anoplosaurus became extinct.
Anoplosaurus were terrestrial British dinosaurs.
The fossils of the late cretaceous dinosaur were found at the Cambridge Greensand, Cambridgeshire, England.
It is unclear who Anoplosaurus lived with.
Anoplosaurus' average lifespan has yet to be ascertained.
Anoplosaurus reproduced by laying eggs.
The recovered specimen, due to its small size, was considered to be an Anoplosaurus of young age. This interpretation was made because the Nodosauridae member had no armor.
The skeletal elements of the Anoplosaurus are incomplete remains of the genus. They are composed of the remains of an ankylosaur. So, the bone structure of this dinosaur is unknown.
The manner by which Anoplosaurus communicated is not known.
Based on the remains, research showed the dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous era as a juvenile. The length of the Anoplosaurus is unknown.
As a nodosaurid, Anoplosaurus would have been quadrupedal and an actively mobile species.
The weight of these British dinosaurs is yet to be ascertained.
Males and females would simply be known as adults.
The baby Anoplosaurus would be known as a juvenile.
The nature of these nodosaurids has yet to be ascertained.
The genus name was given by Harry Govier Seeley in 1879.
Researchers discovered a second species of Anoplosaurus major (larger one); however, they later found out its remains to belong to an Ankylosaur.
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