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Kentrosaurus Facts

Here are some facts about Kentrosaurus:
  1. Kentrosaurus was a genus of dinosaur (for more information see Kentrosaurus Classification).

  2. Currently only one species of Kentrosaurus is known: Kentrosaurus aethiopicus (for more information see Kentrosaurus Classification).

  3. Kentrosaurus was a herbivore (ate plants).

  4. Kentrosaurus lived in the late Jurassic period, between approximately 156 million and 150 million years ago.

  5. Kentrosaurus lived in what is today East Africa.

  6. Kentrosaurus was probably size about 16 feet (5 meters) long, and probably weighted around 1 tons.

  7. The most noteable feature of Kentrosaurus is its armor defenses which protected the animal from predators.
    • Its upper back was protected by twin rows of bony plates.
    • Its lower back and tail was protected by sharp spikes, each up to 2 feet (60 centimeters) long.
    • There was also a sharp spike protecting each hip.

  8. Kentrosaurus walked on all fours.

  9. The first fossils of Kentrosaurus were discovered by a German expedition to East Africa which took place between 1909 and 1912. After the expedition, the first full description of Kentrosaurus was published in 1915.

  10. There was once a near-complete skeleton of Kentrosaurus in the Humboldt Museum in Berlin. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by bombing during World War II.

  11. The name "Kentrosaurus" means "pointed lizard".

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