Name: Dongyangopelta ‭(‬Dongyang Shield‭)‬.
Phonetic: Dong-yang-o-pel-tah.
Named By: Rongjun Chen,‭ ‬Wenjie Zheng,‭ ‬Yoichi Azuma,‭ ‬Masateru Shibata,‭ ‬Tianliang Lou,‭ ‬Qiang Jin‭ & ‬Xingsheng Jin‭ ‬-‭ ‬2013.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Thyreophora,‭ ‬Nodosauridae.
Species: D.‭ ‬yangyanensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Zheijiang Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Chaochuan Formation.
Time period: Albian/Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.

       Dongyangopelta is a genus of nodosaurid dinosaur that lived in South-east China around the early/late Cretaceous boundary.‭ ‬Nodosaurids were similar to ankylosaurids,‭ ‬though they lacked the clubbed tail and usually had narrower skulls.‭ ‬Another genus of nodosaurid dinosaur named Zhejiangosaurus is also known from this‭ ‬part of China,‭ ‬though there‭ ‬are clear differences in the fossils of the hind quarters between these two nodosaurid genera.‭
       Dongyangopelta translates as‭ ‘‬Dongyang shield‭’‬,‭ ‬a combined reference to the City of Dongyang near where the holotype fossils of Dongyangopelta were found,‭ ‬as well as the armoured nature of the skin of Dongyangopelta which would have been covered in bony osteoderm armour.‭ ‬Dongyangopelta should not be confused with the similarly named Dongyangosaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A New Nodosaurid Ankylosaur from the Chaochuan Formation of Dongyang,‭ ‬Zhejiang Province,‭ ‬China.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Acta Geologica Sinica‭ (‬English Edition‭) ‬87‭ (‬3‭)‬:‭ ‬658‭–‬671.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Rongjun Chen,‭ ‬Wenjie Zheng,‭ ‬Yoichi Azuma,‭ ‬Masateru Shibata,‭ ‬Tianliang Lou,‭ ‬Qiang Jin‭ & ‬Xingsheng Jin‭ ‬-‭ ‬2013.


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