The Stegosaurus is one of the best-known and favorite dinosaurs in the media (but especially by children) because so much material has been found to help scientists reconstruct its characteristic appearance.
So on this page, we show you The Stegosaurus Coloring Pictures to Print. So let’s have fun.
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The Stegosaurus was a giant herbivorous dinosaur that lived during the Jurassic period, mainly in the western part of North America.
It was roughly the size of a bus and had two rows of bone plates along its back, arranged like two massive ridges, which made it appear even more significant.
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The most abundant species was the Stegosaurus armatus, a colossus that reached 9 meters in length. It is considered a “biotype”, or a specimen serving as a primary example, for the genus of the Stegosaurs.
There is also considerable debate about how many valid species of Stegosaurus exist. On the one hand, there can be up to three or four species based on the differences found in fossils. But for the more experienced, one might think that there are only one species of Stegosaurus because there can be a wide range of variation within a single species.
Stegosaurus means “covered lizard”. The term derived from the belief of 19th-century paleontologists that its characteristic plates were stretched along its back like roof tiles.
The Stegosaurus also had thorns at the end of its flexible tail, which pointed outwards. Scientists started informally calling the tips thagomizers, beginning from a landmark of pop culture in 1982. It is when smoke and cartoon, “Far Side”, showed a group of cavemen calling the sharp tips thagomizers.
Experts think that these spikes were used to defend themselves against predators, and two clues support this thesis. In essence, about 10% of the peaks found are damaged at the tip, and many fossils of Allosaurus (Stegosaurus’ main predator) have wounds from thagomizer spikes.
The Stegosaurus was a herbivorous dinosaur because its beak and small teeth were not suitable for eating meat, and its jaw was not very flexible. Interestingly, unlike other herbivorous dinosaurs with beaks (including Triceratops and duck-billed dinosaurs), the Stegosaurus had neither strong jaws nor sharp teeth for chewing.
Its jaws probably only allowed it to move up and down, and its teeth were rounded and very close together. It also had cheeks that offered room to chew slowly and hold more food than many other similar dinosaurs.