STL Science Center

STL Science Center

24 September 2016

Ankylosaurus Astronaut

The dinosaur of the month on the calendar is Ankylosaurus. This dinosaur is one of the members of the Thyreophora, a group containing Stegosaurus and other armored dinosaurs. The genus Ankylosaurus contains a single species, Ankylosaurus magniventris, meaning "Fused lizard, great belly". Measuring approximately 6.25 m (20.5 ft) and weighing an estimated 6 tonnes (13,000 lbs) one would imagine that Ankylosaurus was a giant dinosaur. The length and weight are rather enormous; however, at approximately 1.7 m (5 ft 6 in) Ankylosaurus was shorter than the average man and only about 2 inches taller than the average woman.The astronaut illustration of this dinosaur is quite impressive despite its short stature, not that one has anything to do with the other!
©Brynn Metheney

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