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Scientific Classification
  • Chialingosaurus
  • Chungkingosaurus
  • Craterosaurus
  • Dacentrurus
  • Dravidosaurus
  • Hesperosaurus
  • Kentrosaurus
  • Lexovisaurus
  • Monkonosaurus
  • Paranthodon
  • Stegosaurus
  • Tuojiangosaurus
  • Wuerhosaurus

Family: Huayangosauridae

  • Huayangosaurus



The name Stegosaurus means roofed or plated reptiles.[2] The Stegosaurs walked on four legs (quadrupedal) and were plant eaters (herbivores). They are characterized by having two longitudinal rows of plates and spines on the back to tail for defense.

The fossils of the family Stegosauridae were discovered in Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming, Tanzania, East Africa and Central China.[2]


Ancient stegosaur depiction at the Ta Prohm Temple near Angkor Wat in Cambodia (12th century).
Diagram showing size comparison to man


1896 profile illustration of S. stenops. Stegosaurus actually had 17 plates and four spikes.

Early depictions of Stegosaurus showed eight plates in the tail instead of the four used in modern representations.[3]

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  1. Stegosauria by Wikispecies.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gish, Duane T.; Snellenberger, Earl (ilustrator); Snellenberger, Bonita (ilustrator) (1992). Gloria Clanin. ed. Dinosaurs by Design. Green forest, AR: Master Books. p. 32-33. ISBN 0-89051-165-9. 
  3. Paul, Gregory S, ed. (2000). The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs: The Best Minds in Paleontology Create a Portrait of the Prehistoric Era. New York: Byron Preiss Visual Publications/St. Martins Griffin. p. 95. ISBN 0-312-31008-0. 

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