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Re: Minmi

>>>>> On Mon, 21 Feb 1994 18:44:10 -0500, Matthew Donald Celeskey
>>>>> <mc7b+@andrew.cmu.edu> said:

>> Does anyone have any info on the Australian ankylosaur Minmi?  I
>> particularly need the species name, but any information would be
>> appreciated.

Here's a few snippets I have from some Australian literature.

It's about 3-4 metres long, 1 metre long, lived about 100 m years ago.
It resembles ankylosaurs overseas, but had some special features: little
bones that lay along the spines on top of the backbone bones.  These
little bones probably gave support to the back during fast walking, when
the legs were held right under the body.  (I don't know if that means
the legs were not under the body at other times)

It's named after Minmi Crossing in Queensland, where a specimen was
found in 1964.  A second speciment was found near Richmond in Queensland
in 1990, and is apparently the most complete dinosaur skeleton found in
Australia (not saying much; most of them are very fragmentary).

No species name was given, even though they were given for most other
dinosaurs discussed on the same page.

Australia recently released a series of 6 dinosaur stamps.  Featured are
Allosaurus, Timimus, Leallynasaura, Minmi, Muttaburrasaurus, and
Ornithocheirus (a pterosaur, not a dinosaur).

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