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Ankylosaurus was an Ankylosaur that lived in the Late Cretaceous Period 68-65.5 million years ago. It lived until the final stage of the Maastrichian stage during this period. It was the largest of its kind, and presumably lived up to the end of the Cretaceous, when the dinosaurs became extinct. Ankylosaurus was one of the most protected dinosaurs of its time. To protect itself, its back was covered in bony plates that were impenetrable, even its eyelids had bones in them. And if that wasn't enough, it had a giant club at the end of it's tail which was used like a
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medieval mace and swung an 45 degrees in either direction, it was made of soft-tissue, marrow, blood & fat. By swinging the club, it had enough force to break the leg bones of and immobilize most carnivores like Tyrannosaurus.

Ankylosaurus ate plants, was found all over North America and could grow as long as 35ft (11m) and its named means "fused lizard".

In the media

This dinosaur was featured in the movie, Dinosaur, as Earl, a pet which acted like a dog. Of course, this was not meant to be accurate, but for entertainment. Ankylosaurus was also shown in documentaries like Clash of the Dinosaurs and Walking with Dinosaurs in Episode 6, Death of a Dynasty.

Ankylosaurus appears in Clash of the Dinosaurs and Last Day of the Dinosaurs.

Ankylosaurus makes various appearances in the Land Before Time series.

An Ankylosaurus appears in Dinosaur Revolution.

Ankylosaurus briefly appears in Jurassic Park 3.

Anguirus from the Godzilla series is based on Ankylosaurus.

A baby Ankylosaurus served as a main character in the Japanese book and animated film You Are Umasou.

Ankylosaurus had a brief cameo in Fantasia.

See Also

Ankylosaurus (Gallery)

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