STL Science Center

STL Science Center

13 March 2015

Desert Ankylosaur

In 2001 Vickaryous et al. named and described a somewhat small ankylosaur. The dinosaur was called Gobisaurus domoculus (Gobi Lizard, "hidden from view"). The name refers to the desert in which it was found and the specific epithet is a nod to the fact that the dinosaur was left in storage for almost 30 years after the Sino-Russian expeditions of the 1950's. The early 1990s saw the dinosaur come out of hiding as the Chinese and Canadian joint tour of Gobi fossils. The remains went on world tours during the 1990 to 1997 time period prior to the published description. The dinosaur is a somewhat typical ankylosaur, but there will be some information that needs to be mined to understand what makes it different from other ankylosaurs.

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