The Brachytrachelopan

Monday, January 3, 2011

Brachytrachelopan, a plant eating dinosaur, meaning "short-necked shepherd god" was named for its short neck and after a local shepherd who discovered the specimen while searching for his lost sheep.

Only half of one skeleton has ever been found, a lot of the bones were probably lost from erosion through the many years before its discovery. It looked very much like the Stegosaurus, but without the plats on its back.

Instead it had a ridge down its back with spines on the top of it. This ridge may have had strong muscles in it that supported its neck or it may have been brightly colored and used for signaling to other dinosaurs, attracting them as mates or to warn them to stay away.

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