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Euoplocephalus
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
EuplocephalusInfobox.jpg
A restoration of Euoplocephalus tutus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Cerapoda
Superorder: Ornithopoda
Genus: Euoplocephalus
Lambe, 1910
Type species
Euoplocephalus tutus
Lambe, 1902
Synonyms
  • Stereocephalus tutus Lambe, 1902


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 MediaEdit

Dino club

Walking with Dinosaurs website Euoplocephalus

  • 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.

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