Stegosaur dinosaur - ROM2012_12568_4


Stegosaur dinosaur

Place Collected
North America, USA, Utah, Uintah County, Dinosaur National Monument, near Vernal
length=570; width=170; height=290 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassReptilia
    • OrderOrnithischia
    • FamilyStegosauridae
    • GenusStegosaurus
Object number: ROMVP07982
On view
Gallery Location:James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs, Life on Land Jurassic, Herbivores, Stegosaurus
DescriptionThe plated dinosaur, Stegosaurus, walked on all four legs, slowly like an elephant. It used its powerful spiked tail for defence. Although the bony plates on its back look like armour, they were not attached to the backbone and would not have provided any real defence from predators. They may have been used to identify members of the same species, or in sexual displays to attract a mate. They may have also functioned as heat exchangers, to increase the animal’s surface area allowing it to warm up or cool down more quickly.
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