dinochecker
Welcome to our AHSHISLEPELTA entry...
Archived dinosaurs: 784
fbtwitg+feed
Dinosaurs from A to Z
Click a letter to view...
A B C D E F G
H I J K L M N
O P Q R S T U
V W X Y Z ?

AHSHISLEPELTA

a herbivorous ankylosaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of North America.
img
Pronunciation: Ah-shi-sle-pel-ta
Meaning: Ah-shi-sle-pah shield
Author/s: Burns and Sullivan (2011)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: New Mexico, USA
Chart Position: 591

Ahshislepelta minor

Ahshislepelta is a Kirtland Formation representative of Ankylosauridae — the low-slung, wide-load, mostly club-tailed, armoured battalion of dinosaurs — but differs from all of its brethren barring Euoplocephalus in sporting armour plates with a weird knobbly surface texture. Funnily enough, some paleontologists have a sneaking suspicion that Euoplocephalus was present in the same area and that Ahshislepelta represents the juvenile version of it. However, adulthood-heralding bone fusion within its shoulder girdle and vertebrae put the kibosh on that theory, and the form of the acromion (a bony protrusion) on each unusually broad shoulder blade also helped. It is a rather small species compared to other Late Cretaceous North American ankylosaurs though.
(Small Ah-shi-sle-pah Shield)Etymology
Ahshislepelta is derived from "Ah-shi-sle-pah" (for the Ah-shi-sle-pah locality, formerly known as "Meyers Creek", where its remains were discovered) and the Greek "Pelte" (shield). The species epithet, minor, means "smaller" in Latin, in reference to its small adult size relative to other North American ankylosaurids of similar age.
Discovery
The remains of Ahshislepelta were discovered in the Ah-shi-sle-pah wilderness study area in the Hunter Wash Member of the Lower Kirtland Formation, San Juan Basin, New Mexico, in 2005 and were collected over consecutive field seasons from 2005 to 2009.
The holotype (SMP VP-1930) includes a shoulder girdle, a partial left forelimb, vertebrae and armour plates, and a hatful of unidentifiable skeletal fragments.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Campanian
Age range: 76-72 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Herbivore
References
Email    Facebook    Twitter    Google+    Stumbleupon    Reddit    Pinterest    Delicious
Time stands still for no man, and research is ongoing. If you spot an error, or want to expand, edit or add a dinosaur, please use this form. Go here to contribute to our FAQ.
All dinos are GM free, and no herbivores were eaten during site construction!
To cite this page:
Atkinson, L. "AHSHISLEPELTA :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
›. Web access: 24th Feb 2017.
  top