Thunder Lizard Thursday: Carnotaurus and Osteoderms!

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Carnotaurus–my favorite dinosaur besides Styracosaurus, and the only known dino predator with substantial horns!
I will be writing about Carnotaurus (“meat-eating bull”) a lot in this blog. The first thing I will cover about this gorgeous beast is its skin. Why? Because specimens of Carnotaurus have given us detailed impressions of the skin, including the face.

These impressions of Carnotaurus show that its hide was made of many low,round scales with larger, semi-conical,bony scales, called osteoderms, in rows along its sides.  The word osteoderm literally means “skin bone”. Like the skin of all known dinosaurs, these scales did not overlap like scales on some lizards and snakes.

 

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