Dinosaurs: Euoplocephalus


Euoplocephalus (Well-Armoured Head)

Euoplocephalus was a large armoured plant-eating dinosaur of the late Cretaceous. It was a member of a group of dinosaurs called the Ankylosaurids measuring up to 23 feet (7 m) in length and weighing about 2 tons. Other members of this family included Tarchia, Talarurus and Ankylosaurus.

Euoplocephalus was not as heavily protected as some of its closer relatives however, like other Ankylosaurids, had a heavy club-like weapon on the end of its tail, which it probably used to defend itself against some of the ferocious predators that lived at the same time.

Euoplocephalus unique feature was its extremely well-armoured head and short thorn-like spikes protecting the back of its skull. 

Euoplocephalus walked fairly upright on four short legs, its front legs shorter than its rear.




Euoplocephalus size

Pronounced: you-op-luh-SEF-uh-lus

Name Means: "Well-Armored Head"
Length: 23 ft. (7 m)
Height: 8 ft. (2.7 m)
Weight: 2 tons
Diet: Herbivore (Low-lying Plants)
Time: Late Cretaceous - 76 million years ago
Habitat: Open Woodland
Fossils Found: North America



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