Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
|A restoration of Euoplocephalus tutus|
| †Euoplocephalus tutus|
Euoplocephalus belonged to the Ankylosaur family. It lived during the Cretaceous period until the great extinction. It was one of the final species in a long line of evolving Ankylosaurs. Euoplocephalus often traveled in herds of Iguanodonts which offered protection to itself and to the Iguanodonts and the Euoplocephalus. It is very likely it was similar in appearance to it's relative, Ankylosaurus.
Euoplocephalus body was covered in "armor", which was actually bone plating, which protected it from predators. Its tail was a giant club, much like a mace, that could be used as a weapon to defend itself from predators. It is believed that it would lay down and pull its limbs under the boney plates to keep itself from being damaged, and then it would swing its tail until a predator lost interest or became mortally injured by the club like tail. Some paleontologists believed this was such a good adaptation that if the great extinction didn't occur Euoplocephalus might still have been alive today.
In the Media
- Euoplocephalus was a dinosaur featured in the novel, Jurassic Park.
- It has also appeared on the updated version of the Walking with Dinosaurs website.
- It also appeared in Jurassic World: The Game and Jurassic Park Builder as a purchasable dinosaur.