Zaraapelta

Name: Zaraapelta ‭(‬Hedgehog shield‭)‬.
Phonetic: Zah-raah-pelt-ah.
Named By: V.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Arbour,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Currie‭ & ‬D.‭ ‬Badamgarav‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Thyreophora,‭ ‬Ankylosauridae,‭ ‬Ankylosaurinae.
Species: Z.‭ ‬nomadis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Preserved length of the skull about‭ ‬40‭ ‬centimetres.
Known locations: Mongolia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Barun Goyot Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete skull missing the snout.

       At the time of its description only known from a partial skull,‭ ‬Zaraapelta is a genus of ankylosaur that lived during the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬The Zaraapelta holotype skull was found in the Barun Goyot Formation of Mongolia,‭ ‬indicating that Zaraapelta shared the same ecosystem as two other ankylosaurid genera called Tarchia and Saichania.‭ ‬Out of these,‭ ‬Zaraapelta is considered to be most closely related to Tarchia.‭ ‬The fact that three separate ankylosaur genera could co-exist at the same approximate time as one another is seen as an indicator that Mongolia in the Cretaceous must have had substantial amounts of plant growth.‭ ‬In addition to these ankylosaur genera,‭ ‬several other types of plant eating dinosaurs such as ceratopsians and pachycephalosaurs are also known.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The ankylosaurid dinosaurs of the Upper Cretaceous Baruungoyot and Nemegt formations of Mongolia.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society‭ ‬172:‭ ‬631‭–‬652.‭ ‬-‭ ‬V.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Arbour,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Currie‭ & ‬D.‭ ‬Badamgarav‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.



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