Name: Ahshislepelta.
Phonetic: Ah-shis-le-pel-tah.
Named By: Michael E.‭ ‬Burns & Robert M.‭ ‬Sullivan‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Ankylosauridae,‭ ‬Ankylosaurinae‭?
Species: A.‭ ‬minor‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Uncertain.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬New Mexico‭ ‬-‭ ‬Kirtland Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton.

       Ahshislepelta 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,‭ ‬partial left 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.

Further reading
-‭ ‬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.


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