Texasetes pleurohalio is a species of nodosaurid ankylosaur that lived around 100 million years ago during the Lower Cretaceous period. Their name literally means 'texas resident'. The fossils of the dinosaur were found in Tarrant County, Texas, North America. According to a scientific paper or two, based on the findings, it's known that this was a herbivore species.
The pronunciation is 'Tex-a-set-ees', and the name means 'Texas resident'.
Texasetes was a species of nodosaurid ankylosaur.
Texasetes roamed the Earth during the Lower Cretaceous period and Late Albian age.
It's not known when exactly Texasetes became Extinct. However, they lived during the late Albian age in the middle of the Lower Cretaceous period, so they probably went Extinct around 100 million years ago.
The only single Texasetes specimen that was found by paleontologists was discovered from the Paw Paw Formation, near Tarrant County of Texas. Hence, Texasetes probably lived in Texas in North America.
The Texasetes lived on land during the Late Albian age in the middle of the Lower Cretaceous period.
It's not known whether Texasetes were solitary dinosaurs or lived in groups.
It's not known how long Texasetes lived, but ankylosaurian dinosaurs, in general, lived for about 70-80 years. It can be assumed that Texasetes also had a similar lifespan.
Texasetes were oviparous in nature. This means that they laid eggs that hatched a certain time later, and their young ones were born.
Similar to other ankylosaurian dinosaurs, Texasetes of the Cretaceous age also had large, heavy bodies. Their back was covered with spikes and thick bony plates. These plates and spikes continued to their long tail. They were quadrupedal. It is not known how strong their teeth were, how colorful they were, or if they had a tendency to bite.
Due to only one specimen of this nodosaurid ankylosaur being found by paleontologists in Texas, which is why their name also means 'Texas resident', their total bone number is not known.
It's not known how Texasetes communicated.
Texasetes could grow up about 8-10 ft (2.5-3 m) in length. They were about half the size of Euoplocephalus who were about 18 ft (5.5 m) in length.
Texasetes of the Cretaceous period had a large body, and they were also quadrupedal. Scientists have figured out that these features led to a slow pace of Texasetes. They could not move fast or far.
Texasetes weighed about 441 lb (200 kg) on average.
There are no different names for males and females of the dinosaur.
A baby Texasetes was called a juvenile.
Texasetes were herbivore dinosaurs, which means that they only fed on different kinds of plant materials.
It's not known whether Texasetes was aggressive or not. However, we can easily assume that they became aggressive if they ever felt threatened.
The holotype of the Texasetes fossils that was described by scientists was based on a tooth, osteoderms, partial fragments of hind and forelimbs, a skull fragment, vertebrae, and partial bones of pelvis and scapulocoracoid. It is said to possess a distinct prespinous fossa, and acromion.
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