The Predecessor of the Stegosaurus…

The Huayangosaurus (wah-Yong-o-Saw-rus)! A native of China, this is one of the most important dinosaurs found there. What Emanuel found the most interesting was the fact that they HAVE found the skulls of this dinosaur. So we KNOW that they had 14 teeth in the front (7 on each side) that are NOT there in the more recent Stegosaurus! This plant eater also differed from the Stegosaurus with its front legs being 3/4 longer than the back ones. The plates on its back morph in shape more to spikes by the time you get to its tail. 

We were not able to find a really educational video for this dinosaur BUT we have an animation that is rather interesting.

And a robotic display from another museum. 

We did find some excellent links to share though. But I WILL start with the iffy print out. While the dinosaur on the site was rather cute, and the spelling of the name correct and the info under it the image itself was off… the legs were short in the front, the plates are a single row AND do not alter to spikes towards the tail. I am still going to link it but Emanuel did alter it to make it closer to the real one! You can find it HERE.

We used the smaller proportion image on the Dino Directory as our other colouring page. Much more anatomically correct. Their site also had some great details and a terrific drawing of what it is thought this dinosaur looked like. You can find that HERE. The Age of Dinosaurs has a great bit on the relationship between Huayangosaurus and the Stegosaurus which you can read HERE. Palaeocritti has a great organized chart and a terrific picture of our dinosaur HERE. Animal has a great write up on their site HERE. There is a short blurb with some links you can click about items of interest HERE on Dinosaurs Wikia. has their section on this Chinese dinosaur HERE. Don’t forget Kidsdinos and their charts and map HERE. For the more technical article go to Wiki of course right HERE.

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