Genus: Ankylosaurus (“Fused Lizard”)
Species: A. magniventris
Ankylosaurus was a plant eater, and its mouth was designed to graze on plants that were low to the ground.
Ankylosaurus’s body was covered in bony osteoderms, which formed a shield of armor to defend it against predators. Its tail club could be used as a defensive weapon to break the leg bones of potential predators such as Tyrannosaurus rex. It may also have used its club to fight other rival ankylosaurs.
Ankylosaurus was a large dinosaur, possibly the largest in its family of armored dinosaurs. Its upper body was covered in bony armor plates, while its head had spiky horns for protection. At the end of its tail was a large bony club, which it likely swung at predators to defend itself.
SIZE: 20-26 feet (6 – 8 meters)
WEIGHT: 10,582 lbs (4.8 metric tons)
Ankylosaurus lived in what is now Montana, which 66 million years ago was a coastal plain environment with a warm climate. Ankylosaurus lived alongside many other well-known dinosaurs, including Triceratops, Edmontosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, and T. rex.