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The Mesozoic Era is identified as the period during which dinosaurs flourished. For convenience of classification, it is divided into three sub-periods: the triassic from 251 - 199.6 MYA (MYA = millions of years ago); the Jurassic 199.6 - 145,5 MYA, when really large dinosaurs were a feature of the landscape; and cretaceous from 145.5 - 65.5 MYA.

As with the Allosaurus, Stegosaurus (covered lizard) lived during the late Jurassic period - 155 - 145 MYA.
It was a herbivore (veg in Indian restaurant terms). It had a tiny brain, and a toothless beak. It carried its head close to the ground for grazing, the latter facilitated by short forelimbs. Its maximum speed over the ground was 6 to 7 kilometres per hour. While it could grow to 12 metres in length, the average was 7 - 9 metres. It weighed up to 5,000 kgs.

As to its name - Stegosaurus - this refers to the 17 dermal plates on its back made of bone that act like armour. It had a spiked tail held high in the air.

This photograph was taken at the Indodra Fossil and Dinosaur Park in Gandhinagar.

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 496] (1533)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-04-29
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-09-06 3:33
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