|Class||Chordata, Reptilia, Ornithischia, Thyreophora, Ankylosauria, Nodosauridae|
|Name Translation||Spiny Scales|
|Period||Albanian to Cenomanian (Cretaceous)|
|Size||3 to 5.5 meters long|
Acanthopholis (ah-kan-THOF-o-liss) meaning “spiny scales”, referring to the dinosaur’s armor (Greek akantha = spine/thorn + pholis = scale) was a genus of dinosaur in the family Nodosauridae. It lived during the Cretaceous era, and was anywhere from 10 to 18 feet long. It was discovered in England in 1867, and was named by Thomas H. Huxley.The armour consisted of oval plates set into the skin, with spikes protruding from the neck and shoulder area, along the spine.
A partial find of braincase and some postcranial elements was discovered in England in 1867, and was named Acanthopholis horrida by Thomas H. Huxley.