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Re: New ankylosaur from Liaoning

Ben and Mickey,
This bony plate on the abdomen interests me. What other archosauriforms have this kind of structure?
From: "Mickey Mortimer" <Mickey_Mortimer11@msn.com>
Reply-To: Mickey_Mortimer11@msn.com
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Subject: Re: New ankylosaur from Liaoning
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 18:04:25 -0700

Ben Creisler wrote-

>Liaoningosaurus has a large
> bony plate (somewhat shell-like) shielding the abdomen.
> This discovery represents the first record of such a
> structure among dinosaurs. Although it has a number of
> distinct features seen in the family Ankylosauridae, a
> cladistic analysis placed Liaoningosaurus in the sister-
> family Nodosauridae.

With the mix of nodosaurid and ankylosaurid characters and the pelvic
shield, it sounds like a polacanthid, though I'd have to see the paper to be

Mickey Mortimer

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