STL Science Center

STL Science Center

18 October 2013

Feminine Dinosaurs

A small Nodosaur, Acanthopholis horrida, was named and described by Thomas Huxley in 1867. This dinosaur was unearthed and recovered in England at Folkestone, Kent, in 1865 by John Griffiths and sold to Dr. John Percy. Dr. Percy brought them to Huxley who then paid Griffiths even more money to dig up all of the dinosaur remains he found at the site. The original name was Acanthopholis horridus as prescribed by Huxley, however, Arthur Smith Woodward changed the name to horrida because Acanthopholis, and horrida, is feminine.

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