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Re: Origin of dinosaur name?

On Wed, 29 Jun 1994, sa43 wrote:

> Did Ankylosaurus get its name by using its tail to hit large predators just
> above the foot and causing extreme pain?
>                      Stew

Ankylosaurus = fused lizard

Brown 1908, coined the name based on the fused contacts of caudal dorsal
ribs to vertebrae both at centrum and along transverse process.  There are
7 to 11 caudal vertebrae fused to produce the tail club.

---John Schneiderman <dino@cwis.unomaha.edu>