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Akainacephalus
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An artist's illustration of Akainacephalus johnsoni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Ornithischia
Family: Ankylosauridae
Subfamily: Ankylosaurinae
Genus: Akainacephalus
2018
Species: A. johnsoni
Binomial name
Akainacephalus johnsoni
2018

Akainacephalus is a genus of ankylosaurid dinosaur that existed about 76 million years ago, during the Late Creatceous. The remains were found in Utah. The only known species, Akainacephalus johnsoni, described in 2018.

Discovery and naming[]

Description[]

Akainacephalus, is a medium-sized dinosaur, and was 13-16 feet long (4-5 meters) and was 3 ½ feet tall (1—1.5 meters) at the hips. It's body and head were heavily ornamented.

The spikes and cones of bony armor on the skull of Akainacephalus are similar to those found on the New Mexican ankylosaurid Nodocephelausaurus kirtlandensis but distinct from all other known Late Cretaceous Laramidian ankylosaurids such as Ankylosaurus, Euoplocephalus, and Ziapelta, indicating these two species are more closely related to some Asian ankylosaurids.

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Notes[]

  • Akainacephalus was found together with skeletons of several other animals at the same site, including a duck-bill dinosaur (Gryposaurus), a recently-described species of turtle (Arvinachelys), and a yet unnamed relative


References[]

  1. https://phys.org/news/2018-07-newly-armored-dinosaur-utah-reveals.html
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