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Temporal range: Lower Cretaceous
The holotype specimen on display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Sauropsida
Subclass: Archosauria
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Ornithischia
Suborder: Ankylosauria
Family: Nodosauridae
Genus: Borealopelta
Type species
Borealopelta markmitchelli
Brown et al., 2017

Borealopelta was a large armoured dinosaur. It was found in Alberta, Canada and is a nodosaurid ankylosaur.

The osteoderms in its armour were in their life positions, with remains of their keratin sheaths and overlying skin. It may be the most complete ankylosaur ever found. Melanin found in its epidermis remains suggests it was camouflaged.[1][2]

The report gives its estimated length as 5.5 metres and its estimated weight as about ~1,300 kg.

References[change | change source]

  1. Gabbott, Sarah 2017. Armoured tank-like dinosaur used camouflage to hide. BBC Science & Environment. [1]
  2. Brown, Caleb M. et al 2017. An exceptionally preserved three-dimensional armored dinosaur reveals insights into coloration and Cretaceous predator-prey dynamics. Current Biology 3 August 2017. [2]