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Vectipelta (meaning "Isle of Wight shield") is the name of a genus of ankylosaurian dinosaur. It was recently discovered in Lower Cretaceous chalk in England.

The specimen has many vertebrae, some of the fore and hindlimbs, and several osteoderms (bony plates).[1][2] The fossil material was first described in a PhD thesis by Thomas J. Raven.[3]

Vectipelta is the first ankylosaur identified from the Isle of Wight in 142 years. This suggests that some specimens previously assigned to Polacanthus and Hylaeosaurus might actually be other taxa.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Pond, Stuart; Strachan, Sarah-Jane; Raven, Thomas J.; Simpson, Martin I.; Morgan, Kirsty; Maidment, Susannah C. R. (2023-01-01). "Vectipelta barretti, a new ankylosaurian dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous Wessex Formation of the Isle of Wight, UK". Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 21 (1). doi:10.1080/14772019.2023.2210577. ISSN 1477-2019.
  2. Taylor & Francis. "New armored dinosaur named for museum professor". phys.org. Retrieved 2023-06-15.
  3. Raven, Thomas J. (2019). The taxonomic, phylogenetic, biogeographic and macroevolutionary history of the armoured dinosaurs (Ornithischia: Thyreophora) (PDF) (PhD thesis). University of Brighton.