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Re: Riddle of the "Smallest": Quantifying "Small"



In a message dated 8/22/00 6:56:00 PM EST, qilongia@yahoo.com writes:

<< The smallest stegosaur: *Dacentrurus* and a few other specimens, >>

Dacentrurus was actually one of the largest stegosaurians; there's a femur 
known for this genus that is around a meter long. About the same size as 
Stegosaurus. The pelves referred to this genus are pretty massive.

The smallest stegosaurian known would be Emausaurus, which may have been only 
about half the length of the next smallest ones, Huayangosaurus and 
Chungkingosaurus. Trouble is that the type and only known individual is a 
juvenile and we don't know how big it may have grown. Dravidosaurus was 
previously described as a dwarf stegosaur, but it is now known to be based on 
plesiosaur material.