- Name Meaning: “Roofed Lizard”
- Habitat: North America
- Length: 30 ft8.5m
- Weight: 5 tons5,000 kg
- Stance: Quadruped
- Diet: Ferns and cycads
- Age: Late Jurassic, 155-150 million years ago
Stegosaurus is one of the most elaborately-ornamented dinosaurs. This Jurassic herbivore is decked with 17 broad bony plates from its neck down its back, with the tip of its tail bearing four long spikes. When threatened, Stegosaurus will turn its head back to look over its shoulder, to better aim the swing of its dangerous tail.
Fossil imagery courtesy of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Did you know?
Prior to their rebirth at Jurassic World, a popular misconception was that Stegosaurus had a second brain in its rump!