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Talarurus
TalarurusInfobox
Name Talarurus
Order Ornithischia
Suborder Tyreophora
Class Ankylosauridae
Name Translation Wicker Tail
Period Late Cretaceous (95-65 mya)
Location Mongolia
Diet Plants
Size 17 ft (5 m)


Talarurus is only known from a single skull from a single species: Talarurus plicatospineus. Talarurus was discovered and named by a crew of Russian paleontologists led by Evgeny Maleev in 1952.

It is 16.4 feet (5 meters long). Ankylosaurs were some of the last dinosaurs standing before the K/T Extinction 65 million years ago, but Talarurus was one of the earliest members of the breed, dating to about 30 million years before the K/T extinction. Talarurus wasn't huge by the standards of later ankylosaurs like Ankylosaurus and Euoplocephalus, but it still would have been a tough nut to crack for the average tyrannosaur or raptor, a low-slung, heavily armored plant eater with a clubbed, swinging tail (this dinosaur's name, Greek for "wicker tail," derives from the wicker-like tendons that stiffened its tail and helped make it such a deadly weapon).

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