Paranthodon africanum

  • Pronounced:  par - An - tho - don

  • Diet:  Herbivore (Plant-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Similar to Anthodon"

  • Length:  17 feet (5 m)

  • Height:  6 feet (2 m)

  • Weight:  1 ton (900 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Jurassic - 148 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Africa

Paranthodon was a close relative of Stegosaurus and lived in the southern part of Africa at the end of the Jurassic period. The stegosaurs were a family of plant-eaters with small heads and a row of either plates or spines running along their back from their neck to the end of their tail.

Paranthodon was initially classified in 1929 as a non-dinosaur due to the lack of material - only a partial jaw with teeth were found. It was given its present name in 1978, but classified as an ankylosaur. In 1979 a number of similarities with Stegosaurus were noted and it was given its current membership in the stegosauria.

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