Baby Propanoplosaurus (PRO-pan-OP-loh-SORE-us)
Propanoplosaurus was a type of nodosaur (NO-duh-SORE) -- low-built, heavy plant-eaters that walked on four legs. Nodosaurs had armor plates and spines that grew in the skin of the neck, back, legs, and tail. They were ankylosaurs (an-KY-low-SORES), but did not have a bony club at the end of their tail like some ankylosaur species. Originally identified locally from isolated fossil teeth and bones, new discoveries include fossil tracks and the skeleton of a hatchling. The hatchling could be identified as a nodosaur because the shapes of its skull and arm bones match those of adult nodosaur skeletons discovered in other locations. This new discovery was named Propanoplosaurus marylandicus in recognition of its discovery in Maryland.
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