Kentrosaurus belonged to a group of dinosaurs known as stegosaurs and is closely related to the more famous Stegosaurus.
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Why would a predator want to mess with this armor?
The purpose of the plates and spikes is still debated among scientists, with theories suggesting they were used for defense, thermoregulation, or display.
Fossils of Kentrosaurus have been found in Tanzania, Africa, providing valuable insights into the diversity and evolution of dinosaurs on the continent.
Kentrosaurus was a medium-sized dinosaur, reaching lengths of about 5 to 6 meters (16 to 20 feet) and weighing around 2 to 2.5 tons.
It likely had a relatively slow walking pace but could use its strong hind legs for bursts of speed when necessary.
Spikes for days…
Fossil evidence suggests that Kentrosaurus lived in herds, which may have provided protection against predators.
He who is more spiked wins!
The bony plates and spikes of Kentrosaurus were embedded in its skin and were not attached to the skeleton, giving them flexibility and enabling the dinosaur to move more freely.
Kentrosaurus is believed to have lived in a semi-arid environment with seasonal rainfall. It likely shared its habitat with other dinosaurs, such as sauropods, ornithopods, and other small herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs.
Kentrosaurus had a small head with a beak-like mouth and hundreds of leaf-shaped teeth for grinding plant material.
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