Named By: Michael E. Burns & Robert M. Sullivan - 2011.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Ankylosauridae, Ankylosaurinae?
Species: A. minor (type).
Known locations: USA, New Mexico - Kirtland Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton.
is a genus of ankylosaurid
dinosaur that lived in North America during
the late Cretaceous. Unfortunately the partial remains of
Ahshislepelta which include a shoulder girdle,
forelimb, vertebrae and osteoderms (the bony armour) are not
enough to identify the genus as either a general ankylosaurid
or a more derived ankylosaurine.
Another ankyosaur from the Kirtland Formation is Nodocephalosaurus, while hadrosaurs like Parasaurolophus and Kritosaurus, ceratopsians like Pentaceratops and ornithomimosaurs like Ornithomimus are also present. Predatory dinosaurs such as dromaeosaurs were also present, but large tyrannosaurs such as Bistahieversor would have been a particular danger.
- A new ankylosaurid from the Upper Cretaceous Kirtland Formation, San Juan Basin, with comments on the diversity of ankylosaurids in New Mexico - Michael E. Burns and Robert M. Sullivan - 2011.