The Ankylosaurus dinosaur is an armored lizard. Its name means "fused lizard" due to the fusing of bones in its skull and other body parts.
Ankylosaurusmight have been about 20 to 26 ft in length. He weighed a whopping 4.8 to 8 metric tons. This is an unbelievable 9600 to 16000 pounds. He was obviously much heavier than a bus!
The ankylosaurus was characterized by a broad body with a wide, low skull. You can't miss one anywhere because the most outstanding feature is the horns. Two of them are located at the back of the head and pointed backward. There were two additional horns below these upper ones which pointed backward and downwards.
The ankylosaurus' mouth was beak-shaped to accommodate its eating habits. Another of the outstanding features was the armor on the back. This consisted of massive knobs and oval plates of bone, known as osteoderms or scutes.
This savvy dinosaur carried a club on its tail. He must have used this to whack predators, which included Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The ankylosaurus was a plant-eater in spite of the foreboding appearance. It ate food that was closer to the ground and used its beak to strip them away from their location.
The Ankylosaurus' habitat is difficult to decipher due to its rarity. Scientists theorize that it might havelived away from the rivers and swamps and was therefore not fossilized. It seemed to favor lowlands areas and warm, rainy climates.
Ankylosaurus fossilsOnly three major specimens of Ankylosaurus have been found. Hence Ankylosaurus fossils are rather rare. The first was discovered in Montana in 1906 by Barnum Brown, an American paleontologist. Mr. Brown later discovered two other partial fossil finds. Charles M. Sternberg unearthed the largest known Ankylosaurus skull in 1947.