Gobiderma pulchrum

This rare lizard lived in the Gobi Desert about 80 million years ago. Gobiderma probably ate insects, and was possibly eaten by dinosaurs, such as the bird-like oviraptorids. The small bony plates on its head probably served as armor.

Pronunciation: go-bee-dur-ma
Locality Found: Mongolia
Age: Cretaceous; 80 million years go
Size: 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) long
Prepared For: Fighting Dinosaurs exhibition
Characteristics: Like the skulls of many modern reptiles, Gobidermas' skull was covered with bumpy armor consisting of tiny bones called osteoderms.

Image credits: courtesy of AMNH; quote, Mark Norell courtesy of Discovery Channel Online.