Gargoyleosaurus

Name: Gargoyleosaurus ‭(G‬argoyle lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Gar-goy-l-o-sore-us.
Named By: K.‭ ‬Carpenter,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Miles‭ & ‬K.‭ ‬Cloward‭ ‬-‭ ‬1998.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Thyreophora,‭ ‬Ankylosauria,‭ ‬Nodosauridae,‭ ‬Polacanthinae.
Species: G.‭ ‬parkpinorum‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Estimated about‭ ‬3‭ ‬to‭ ‬4‭ ‬meters long.‭ ‬Skull‭ ‬29‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Wyoming‭ ‬-‭ ‬Morrison Formation.
Time period: Kimmerdigian to Tithonian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Skull and post cranial skeleton.

       After Mymoorapelta in‭ ‬1994,‭ ‬Gargoyleosaurus was the second ankylosaur to be named from the Morrison Formation.‭ ‬Specifically Gargoyleosaurus is a polacanthine dinosaur and had an arrangement of bony armour and spikes across its back and sides.‭ ‬Gargoyleosaurus also had a large bony plate that covered its hips from above.‭ ‬This armour was an adaption against the large theropod theropods of Jurassic North America such as Ceratosaurus and Allosaurus.‭ ‬Gargoyleosaurus were herbivores that would have browsed upon low growing vegetation that they could easily reach.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Skull of a Jurassic ankylosaur‭ (‬Dinosauria‭)‬,‭ ‬K.‭ ‬Carpenter,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Miles‭ & ‬K.‭ ‬Cloward‭ ‬-‭ ‬1998.
-‭ ‬Redescription of Gargoyleosaurus parkpinorum,‭ ‬a polacanthid ankylosaur from the Upper Jurassic of Albany County,‭ ‬Wyoming,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Killbourne and K.‭ ‬Carpenter‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.



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