Length: up to 4m
Diet: Herbivore (plant eater)
Period: Early Jurassic
Time Span: 206 - 200 Million Years Ago
Beautifully modelled and finished Scelidosaurus 1:40 scale dinosaur model. Hand-painted and finely detailed, this Scelidosaurus dinosaur toy is a great addition to collect for any dinosaur fanatic!
Scelidosaurus was first discovered in the middle of the 19th century in Early Jurassic rocks from southern England. Sir Richard Owen, creator of the name Dinosauria, described its remains. He named it Scelidosaurus, which means "limb reptile," referring to its large legs.
It was the earliest known ornithischian dinosaur and one of the most complete for its time. However, with the discovery of Lesothosaurus and Heterodontosaurus in the 1960s and 1970s, scientists know that Scelidosaurus is not the oldest ornithischian. But it still remains an important animal in the history of dinosaurs. It tells scientists much about the early evolution of ornithischians, particularly stegosaurs and ankylosaurs, the armored dinosaurs from later in the Mesozoic Era.
Scelidosaurus was a plant-eating dinosaur that grew to about 13 feet. It was a heavily built animal. The most unusual feature of Scelidosaurus was that it had many bony plates in the skin of its back and rib cage. These plates were not like the high, thin plates that extended from the backbone of stegosaurian dinosaurs. These plates were similar to the bony armor of ankylosaurs.
The large head of Scelidosaurus was equipped with somewhat simple, leaf-shaped teeth. From the teeth and the shape of the skeleton, scientists know that Scelidosaurus was a plant-eating animal. It likely ate a mixture of leaves of shrubs and low-lying branches, but may also have fed on succulent fruits and even eaten insects as a hatchling and juvenile.
The legs of Scelidosaurus were stout and the feet had four toes. The size and shape of the legs show that Scelidosaurus walked on all four legs. The tail of Scelidosaurus was long compared to most other ornithischian dinosaurs. The tail also had armor in the skin.
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