STL Science Center

STL Science Center

07 June 2016

One Island

James Ross Island is the only site from which Antarctopelta remains have been recovered. Those remains are fragmentary and have been reported in the single description as line drawings of the individual elements of the ankylosaur. Salgado and Gasparini do not expressly mention why there are only line drawings in manuscript. The remains that exist and have been described are characteristic of ankylosaurs enough that there was little doubt of the diagnosis. Reading the paper and examining the line drawings is the best way to understand the dinosaur this week. Unfortunately, however, none of those remains are so obviously ankylosaurian that they can influence illustrations and interpretations of the dinosaur. Bearing that in mind, as you read the paper, form your own image of Antarctopelta in your mind!

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