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The Armour of Stegosaurus

Nature volume 85, page 73 (17 November 1910) | Download Citation



PARDON me for saying that there is not the slightest reason to believe that the restoration of Stegosaurus with a double row of plates is incorrect, in spite of the statement of the reviewer in NATURE for October 13. Not a single plate of this animal has been found with a symmetrical base, the base always being at an angle to the vertical axis of the plate; this implies that the plates were not placed on the median line, but to one side of it. Furthermore, in the only specimen in which anything like a complete series of plates has been preserved the linear extent of these plates is, roughly speaking, 40 feet, and it is a physical impossibility to arrange them in one series on 20 feet of back. These plates lie in position overlapping one another.

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