Polacanthus (name meaning "Many Spikes") is a genus of herbivorous ankylosaurid dinosaur that originated during the Early Cretaceous period in what is now North America and Europe. Growing 4–5 meters (13.1–16.5 ft) long. Polacanthus was distantly related to the much bigger Ankylosaurus, which, however, lived much later, was much larger than Polacanthus.
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Polacanthus lived in North America and Europe during the Early Cretaceous period from 130–112 million years ago.
Polacanthus was a small-medium sized Ankylosaur, standing about 3 feet tall, was 13.1–16.5 feet (4–5 m) long and weighing over a ton (2000 lbs).
A lumbering, spiky plant-eater that accompanied herds of Iguanodon, these dinosaurs were among the smallest members of the ankylosaur family. Thesy were often found accompanying around Iguanodon herds, presumably, for mutual protection. Polacanthus also often gorged on conifers.