(named after the character from the film Ghostbusters
Named By: V. M. Arbour & D. C. Evans - 2017.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Ankylosauridae, Ankylosaurini.
Species: Z. crurivastator (type).
Size: Skull 50 centimetres long. Total body length roughly about 6 meters long.
Known locations: USA, Montana - Judith River Formation.
Time period: Late Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull and almost complete skeleton.
the time of the description in 2017, Zuul was
the best preserved
ever found in North America. Not only was
the skull and post cranial skeleton mostly complete, many of the
armoured plates that adorned its back were still present.
The type species name, Z. crurivastator, is Latin and basically means the ‘destroyer of shins’. This is a reference to how ankylosaurid dinosaurs are thought to have defended themselves by using their tail clubs to hit the legs of attacking dinosaurs. The genus name Zuul is a reference to the character that appeared in the 1984 film Ghostbusers.
- A new ankylosaurine dinosaur from the Judith River Formation of Montana, USA, based on an exceptional skeleton with soft tissue preservation. - Royal Society Open Science 4(161086). - V. M. Arbour & D. C. Evans - 2017.