Tuojiangosaurus multispinus

  • Pronounced:  twoh - Jang - o - sore - us

  • Diet:  Herbivore (plant-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Tuojiang River Lizard"

  • Length:  23

  • Height:  7

  • Weight:  unknown

  • Time:  Late Jurassic - 153 m.y.a

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Asia

Tuojiangosaurus is the best known member of the stegosaur family that has been found in China. This plant eater looked a lot like its better known North American relative, Stegosaurus  The most obvious difference is that the plates along its back are smaller that those on Stegosaurus  These dinosaurs were designed to eat plants that grew low to the ground. The long, sharp spikes on its tail would have been a powerful weapon against attackers.

First discovered in 1974 in the fossil-rich Zigong area of China, Tuojiangosaurus is known from two specimens, one of which was more than 50% complete. The plates along its back form two distinct rows and are much smaller and more pointed that those of Stegosaurus  It shares a number of similarities with another Chinese stegosaur, Kentrosaurus  including pointed spike-like plates above its hips.

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