(Paw paw lizard - after the Paw Paw Formation).
Named By: Y. -N. lee - 1996.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Thyreophora, Ankylosauria, Nodosauridae.
Species: P. campbelli (type).
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains, but comparison estimates suggest upto 4.5 meters long for the total body length.
Known locations: USA, Texas, Tarrant County - Paw Paw Formation.
Time period: Albian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull.
Not a lot can be said about Pawpawsaurus because so far it is only known by a skull. However, another nodosaur from the Paw Paw Formation is Texasetes (which includes post cranial remains), which has been suggested as being a synonym to Pawpawsaurus. If this is true, then the current Pawpawsaurus fossil material, will be attributed to Texasetes since that genus was named first. Till then, Pawpawsaurus has been considered to be related to Silvisaurus, Sauropelta and Cedarpelta.
- A nodosaurid ankylosaur (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Lower Cretaceous of Texas., W. P. Coombs - 1995.
- A new nodosaurid ankylosaur (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Paw Paw Formation (Late Albian) of Texas., Y. -N. lee - 1996.
- Endocranial Morphology of the Primitive Nodosaurid Dinosaur Pawpawsaurus campbelli from the Early Cretaceous of North America. - PLoS ONE. 11 (3): e0150845. - A. Paulina-Carabajal, Y. N. Lee, & L. L. Jacobs - 2016.