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Temporal range: Upper Cretaceous
Palaeoscincus costatus.jpg
Palaeoscincus costatus holotype tooth
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Ornithischia
Family: Nodosauridae
Genus: Palaeoscincus
Leidy, 1856
Type species
Palaeoscincus costatus
Leidy, 1856

Palaeoscincus (meaning "ancient skink" in Greek) is a genus of ankylosaurian dinosaur based on teeth discovered in Montana.[1] Like several other dinosaur genera named by Joseph Leidy (Deinodon, Thespesius, and Trachodon), it is an historically important genus with a convoluted taxonomy that has been all but abandoned by modern dinosaur paleontologists. Because of its wide use in the early 20th century, Palaeoscincus is often shown with the armor of Edmontonia and the tail club of an ankylosaurid.

References[change | change source]

  1. Leidy, J. (1856). "Notice of remains of extinct reptiles and fishes, discovered by Dr. F. V. Hayden in the Bad Lands of the Judith River, Nebraska Territories". Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 8: 72–73.