Loricatosaurus

Name: Loricatosaurus ‭(‬Armoured lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Lo-re-cah-toe-sore-us.
Named By: Susannah C.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Maidment,‭ ‬David B.‭ ‬Norman,‭ ‬Paul M.‭ ‬Barret‭ & ‬Paul Upchurch‭ ‬-‭ ‬2008.
Synonyms: Stegosaurus priscus.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Thyreophora,‭ ‬Stegosauria,‭ ‬Stegosauridae.
Species: L.‭ ‬priscus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: England‭ ‬-‭ ‬Oxford Clay Formation‭ & ‬France‭ ‬-‭ ‬Marnes a Belemnopsis latesulcatus Formation.
Time period: Callovian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains.

       Loricatosaurus was named as part of a study that concluded that the type species of Lexovisaurus was based upon un-diagnostic material,‭ ‬and that other remains cannot be attributed to it.‭ ‬Although many palaeontologists still treat Lexovisaurus as a valid genus,‭ ‬many of the fossils once assigned to it have now been named as new genera,‭ ‬and Loricatosaurus is one of these.‭ ‬In naming the type species,‭ ‬the describers referenced the older associated name of‭ ‘‬Stegosaurus‭’ ‬priscus which was established by Franz Nopcsa in‭ ‬1911.‭ ‬When known as Lexovisaurus,‭ ‬Loricatosaurus was thought to have a large spine on each shoulder,‭ ‬but now these spines are thought to belong to the arrangement of spikes on the end of the tail known as a thagomizer.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Systematics and phylogeny of Stegosauria‭ (‬Dinosauria:‭ ‬Ornithischia‭)‬,‭ ‬Susannah C.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Maidment,‭ ‬David B.‭ ‬Norman,‭ ‬Paul M.‭ ‬Barret‭ & ‬Paul Upchurch‭ ‬-‭ ‬2008.



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