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6249Gargoylesaurus - An Ankylosaurian Dinosaur of the Jurassic

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  • Neal Robbins
    Nov 18, 2013
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          This link has a photo of a sculpture of Gargoylesaurus.
       
          A fossil photo is on this link.
       
          Gargoylesaurus was a dinosaur of the Jurassic. The systematic paleontology of it is:
       
      Dinosauria Owen 1842
      Saurischia Seeley 1887
      Ankylosauria Osborn 1923
      Nodosauridae Marsh 1890
      Polacanthinae Wieland 1911
      Gargoylesaurus Carpenter et al. 1998
      Gargoylesaurus parkpinorum Carpenter et al. 1998
       
          Gargoylesaurus was 3-4 m. (9.8-13 feet) long. Its skull was about 29 cm. (11 inches) in length. The holotype consists of a skull and some postcranial remains. Two other skeletons of it have also been discovered. Remains of this dinosaur were found in the Morrison Formation at Bone Cabin Quarry West Locality in Albany County, Wyoming. They were unearthed in strata to a Kimmeridgian-Tithonian span. The reference for this information is this publication:
       
      Kenneth Carpenter, C. Miles, and K. Cloward. 1998. "Skull of a Jurassic ankylosaur (Dinosauria). Nature 393: 782-783. 
       
          Kenneth Campbell, Tony DiCroce, Billy Kinneer, Robert Simon wrote an article titled Pelvis of Gargoylesaurus (Dinosauria: Ankylosauria) and the Origin and Evolution of the Ankylosaur Pelvis. It was published in 2013 in PLoS ONE 8(11). The complete text is on this link.
       
       
          Neal Robbins




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