SAUROPELTA

Pronounced

“SAWR-oh-PEL-tah”

 

Meaning

‘lizard shield’

 

Habitat

Sauropelta lived in wide floodplains around rivers that drained into the shallow inland sea to the north and east, carrying sediment eroded from the low mountains to the west. Periodic flooding of these rivers covered the surrounding plains with new muddy sediments that once covered the centre of what is now the USA.

Character

With its intimidating armour of bony studs and imposing shoulder spines, Sauropelta was one of the most spectacular dinosaurs of its time. It belonged to a specialized group of dinosaurs called the nodosaurids, which were part of a larger group called ankylosaurs. It grew to around 2.5 meters tall and over 7 meters long. Sauropelta had a distinctively long tail which made up about half of its body length.

Diet

Herbivore. Its narrow mouth and leaf-shaped teeth suggest that it would have browsed on low growing, soft vegetation such as ferns.

TIME PERIOD

 Early Cretaceous

(circa 110 million years ago)

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