The team took many of the newly unearthed stegosaur
bones back to the lab for detailed analysis.
are normally known for their short forelimbs and short necks, and are generally considered to be low browsers.
Other features of the bones suggest that they represent Hesperosaurus--an exciting possibility, she notes, because only four other fossils of this stegosaur
species have been discovered, all of which are in private collections.
Being easily recognizable would have been a plus for a small-brained dinosaur: At least six different types of stegosaurs
with various arrangements of plates and spikes roamed what is now Montana about 150 million years ago.
Until recently, Dacentrurus was the only stegosaur
documented in the Late Jurassic of Europe.
The dinosaur family tree includes three main branches: theropods, typically two-legged, meat-eating animals; sauropodomorphs, typically the four-legged, long-necked plant eaters; and ornithischians, the "bird-hipped" dinosaurs that included famous groups like the stegosaurs
and the horned dinosaurs.
We all rode to work on stegosaurs
and my best friends were my neighbors, Betty and Barney Rubble.
Main RP, de Ricqles A, Horner JR, Padian K (2005) The evolution and fuuction of thyreophoran dinosaur scutes: implications for plate function in stegosaurs
If you ever wondered what giant stegosaurs
would look like if it sang and played guitar, Shine A Light is the film for you.
Within seconds, a dozen or more "dinosaur" eggs "hatch" into brightly colored baby stegosaurs