Pinacosaurus grangeri

About 80 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous, this armored plant-eater roamed the Gobi Desert in Central Asia. Pinacosaurus is related to Ankylosaurus, an armored dinosaur that lived in North America about the same time. Both dinosaurs could whack enemies with their tail clubs.

Pinacosaurus (pih-NAC-coh-SAWR-us)
Locality Found: Mongolia
Age: Cretaceous 85-81 MYA
Size: skull is 9 inches long
Prepared For: 2000 Museum exhibit Fighting Dinosaurs
Characteristics: This dinosaur was quadrupedal (walked on all fours) and had a club on its tail that was probably used to protect itself.

Image credits: courtesy of AMNH; Mike Novacek: courtesy of Discovery Channel Online.