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Stegosaurus

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Name:
Stegosaurus
Abilities and Weapons:
strength, feet, stamina, senses, tail whip, spikes, endurance
Occupation:
stegosaurids
Home:
Skull Island
First Appearance:
film "King Kong" (from 1933)
Diet:
herbivore
Status:
became extinct when Skull Island sunk into the ocean


Stegosaurus ("roof lizard" or "covered lizard") is 29,5 feet (9 meters) long specie of stegosaurid dinosaur that is found on Skull Island.

Science facts Edit

Stegosaurus is a genus of armored dinosaur. Fossils of this genus date to the Late Jurassic period, where they are found in Kimmeridgian to early Tithonian aged strata, between 155 and 150 million years ago, in the western United States and Portugal.

The bony plates along its back were embedded in the skin of the animal, not attached to its skeleton, which is why in most fossil finds the plates are separated from the body. When O C Marsh described the first fossil of a Stegosaurus, he concluded that the plates would have lain flat on its back. After finding a specimen that had been covered with mud, which had held the plates in place, Marsh realised that they stood vertically, alternately on either side of the spine.

Scientists are not exactly sure what the plates were used for. They may have warned off predators, or allowed members of the same species to recognise each other. Another suggestion is that the plates were used to regulate body temperature.There are tiny grooves in the plate surfaces, possibly where blood vessels would have been. The amount of blood passing through these vessels would determine the amount of heat transfer. Compared with the rest of its body, Stegosaurus had a small head and its brain was around the size of a tangerine.

History Edit

King Kong (1933 film) Edit

The Stegosaurus was one of the first dinosaurs seen in film "King Kong" (from 1933). It was wounded in the leg and couldn't get up so the search party just walked around it, hoping that its thorney tail wouldn't stab them or wound anyone. Once they got past the herbivore they went deeper into the jungle of Skull Island.

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