Silvisaurus

Name: Silvisaurus ‭(‬Woodland lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Sil-ve-sore-us.
Named By: Theodore H.‭ ‬Eaton Jr‭ ‬-‭ ‬1960.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Thyreophora,‭ ‬Ankylosauria,‭ ‬Nodosauridae.
Species: S.‭ ‬condrayi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Skull‭ ‬25‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬Body estimated to be about‭ ‬4‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Kansas‭ ‬-‭ ‬Dakota Formation.
Time period: Albian to‭ ‬Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton,‭ ‬skull and mandible.

       Silvisaurus is to date only known by a partial skeleton,‭ ‬and this is in a poor state of preservation that was weathered and trampled by cattle for a long time before it was discovered.‭ ‬Despite the poor state of preservation,‭ ‬Silvisaurus is considered to have been a primitive form of nodosaur that maybe more closely related to Pawpawsaurus,‭ ‬Sauropelta and Cedarpelta.‭ ‬Like all other nodosaurs,‭ ‬Silvisaurus would have been a quadrupedal low browsing dinosaur heavily armoured with spines and bony armour along its back and sides.‭ ‬The skull of Silvisaurus has large openings which may have been passages for resonating loud vocalisations.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new armored dinosaur from the Cretaceous of Kansas,‭ ‬Theodore H.‭ ‬Eaton Jr‭ ‬-‭ ‬1960.



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