Sarcolestes specimen was discovered by Paleontologist Alfred Nicholas Leeds and the type species was named after him by Richard Lydekker in 1893. The fossils were found in Oxford Clay, England. The fossils that were discovered only consisted of the lower jaw of the dinosaur. There was one tooth and two tips of crowns found in this jaw. Richard Lydekker had first classified this dinosaur as a Theropod in the Thecodontosauridae group. Later, Sarcolestes was discovered to be a herbivore and was placed in the Nodosauridae group.
Because less of the fossils were found, the classification and existence of the Sarcolestes genus are doubted by others in this field.
Sarcolestes is pronounced as 'Sar-co-les-teez'.
Sarcolestes was an Ankylosaurian dinosaur.
Sarcolestes roamed the Earth during the mid Jurassic to late Jurassic period.
Sarcolestes became extinct about 160 million years ago.
Sarcolestes lived in England.
The Sarcolestes lived in floodplains near streams or rivers.
It is unknown if they lived in herds or individually.
No evidence is available on the average age of this dinosaur
They reproduced by laying eggs.
Sarcolestes belonged to a genus that was armored dinosaurs with a body similar to a turtle. They walked on four short but strong limbs. The group that it belongs to is known as curved lizards because of their curvy back.
Not much information is known about how many bones a Sarcolestes had.
No evidence is available about their communication methods.
The exact dimensions are not known but they are estimated to be 10 ft (3 m) long. They are much smaller than Dandakosaurus.
The speed of their movement is not known.
The weight is not known since only the lower jaw of a Sarcolestes was discovered.
There were no different names for the male and female specimens of the Sarcolestes leedsi.
There was no separate name given to a baby Sarcolestes.
It is not known if they had an aggressive nature.
Richard Lydekker, who named these quite rare species, Sarcolestes, thought it was a carnivorous dinosaur and belonged to the Theropod classification. This is also the reason why its name means 'flesh robber' even though this dinosaur is a herbivore.
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