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Edmontonia
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 76.5–69Ma
Mounted skeleton of E. rugosidens, specimen AMNH 5665
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Ornithischia
Family: Nodosauridae
Genus: Edmontonia
Sternberg, 1928
Species
  • E. longiceps Sternberg, 1928 (type)
  • E. rugosidens (Gilmore, 1930 [originally Palaeoscincus rugosidens])
Synonyms
  • Chassternbergia Bakker, 1988
Edmontonia rugosidens armour AMNH 5381
Armour of Edmontonia

Edmontonia was a armoured dinosaur, of the nodosaur family from the Upper Cretaceous of Canada. It was heavy and tank-like at about 6.6 m (22 ft) long. It had bony plates on its back and head, many sharp spikes along its back and tail and four large spikes jutting out from its shoulders on each side. To protect itself from predators, it may have crouched down on the ground to protect its defenceless underbelly.


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