Temporal range: Upper Cretaceous
|Palaeoscincus costatus holotype tooth|
Palaeoscincus (meaning "ancient skink" in Greek) is a genus of ankylosaurian dinosaur based on teeth discovered in Montana. 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 a somewhat famous dinosaur, often through illustrations of an animal with the armor of Edmontonia and the tail club of an ankylosaurid.
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- 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.