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The Dinosauria$
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David Weishampel

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520242098

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520242098.001.0001

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Basal Thyreophora

Basal Thyreophora

(p.335) Fifteen Basal Thyreophora
The Dinosauria

David B. Norman

Lawrence M. Witmer

David B. Weishampel

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the anatomy, evolution, paleobiogeography, and paleoecology of basal Thyreophora. Thyreophorans are dinosaurs that have prominent dorsal armor on the body. Basal thyreophorans are represented by Emausaurus ernsti, Scutellosaurus lawleri, and Scelidosaurus harrisonii. They had regular arrangement of dermal armor on their backs and were either partial or obligate quadrupeds. All were herbivorous and ranged from one to four meters in total length.

Keywords:   basal Thyreophora, thyreophorans, Emausaurus ernsti, Scutellosaurus lawleri, Scelidosaurus harrisonii, dermal armor

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