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Basal Thyreophora

David B. Norman, Lawrence M. Witmer and David B. Weishampel

in The Dinosauria

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520242098
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941434 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520242098.003.0018
Basal Thyreophora

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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

Chapter.  6036 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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