an·​ky·​lo·​saur | \ ˈaŋ-kə-lō-ˌsȯr How to pronounce ankylosaur (audio) \

Definition of ankylosaur

: any of a suborder (Ankylosauria) of herbivorous Cretaceous ornithiscian dinosaurs having a long low-lying thickset body covered dorsally with bony plates

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Researchers have unearthed a new armored dinosaur in Utah, a new species of ankylosaur, known as Akainacephalus johnsoni. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "New spiky-skulled dinosaur lived on a lost continent," 19 July 2018 Plant-eaters like Triceratops and the ankylosaurs, which had to chew their food, also had complex hyoid bones. National Geographic, "Why T. Rex Couldn't Waggle Its Tongue," 20 June 2018 The characters dodge and weave to avoid romping, stomping ankylosaurs, styracosaurs, and allosauri; lava bombs are landing everywhere, and the whole movie pretty much pitches itself off a cliff. Ty Burr,, "The new ‘Jurassic World’ is kind of a Tyrannosaurus wreck," 20 June 2018 As Brian Switek reported for in 2016, researchers came to a similar conclusion about the tank-like armor and club-like tails of ankylosaur dinosaurs. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Dinosaur Horns Were For Making Love, Not War," 23 Mar. 2018 If ankylosaurs were whacking other dinosaurs, their skeletons haven’t turned up the crucial evidence yet. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "Introducing ‘Zuul,’ an Ankylosaur That Could Really Make Your Ankles Sore," 8 May 2017 Switek explains that during decomposition the armor plates of ankylosaurs typically fall off and are often washed away or not found. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Spectacularly Detailed Armored Dinosaur “Mummy” Makes Its Debut," 15 May 2017 The operator had just extracted a bit of fossilized skin from an armored nodasaurus, a type of ankylosaur. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Spectacularly Detailed Armored Dinosaur “Mummy” Makes Its Debut," 15 May 2017 Tyrannosaurs, hadrosaurs, ankylosaurs, ostrich mimic dinosaurs and more have turned up, but no horned dinosaurs. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Nothing is Real in Trump's America Unless the Cameras Are Rolling," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of ankylosaur

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ankylosaur

New Latin Ankylosauria, from Ankylosaurus

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an·​ky·​lo·​saur | \ ˈaŋ-kə-lō-ˌsȯr How to pronounce ankylosaur (audio) \

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: a plant-eating dinosaur with bony plates covering the back

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