Posts Tagged 'stegosaur'

Gular armour

Stegosaurs are, understandably, famous for their combination of spike and bony plates that give them a distinctive profile even when compared to other dinosaurs. However in addition to these more obvious bits of armour (and let’s face it, some of them are really obvious) is the gular armour. For those not familiar, the former word refers to the throat (most often used by me at least when talking about the gular pouches of various pterosaurs) and as you can see here this armour is a series of tiny bony ossicles that lie almost like chainmail around the throat and base of the neck (here in Stegosaurus). To my knowledge these are pretty rare in stegosaurs and I can easily imagine that they fall away or simply don’t preserve given their small size.

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