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An averageSt egosaurus was about 12 m long (40 ft) and about 2.75 m tall (9 ft). TheSt egosaurus weighed about 2,000 kg! TheSt egosaurus's front feet had five toes on each foot and there were three on each back foot. The feet resembled gigantic horse hoofs and the people who first discovered them actually thought they might have come from giant horses!
The most prominent feature of aSt egosaurus was the row of plates running down its back, along the spine. These plates could be larger than 75 cm in height. It was once thought that these were used as protection against predators such as the Allosaurus, but in fact they were not solid bone and would have been easy to break. They were also covered with thin skin and lots of blood vessels.
Nobody knows for sure what the back-plates were used for, but many scientists now believe that they were used for temperature control \u2014 to gather heat from the surroundings. They would have been used like solar panels. When the animal needed to warm up, it would stand with its side toward the sun. The thin skin and many blood vessels covering the plates would soak up the heat of the sun. When theSt egosaurus got too hot, it could stand in the shade, or turn itself to face the sun (or face away from it). Then the blood vessels could be cooled.
the lower levels of plant life because those were the easiest to reach with their short necks. These plants were mostly low-nutrition plants such as ferns, moss, cycads, and baby evergreen trees. Most of the plant life was as low as 3\u20134 feet. The Stegosaurs may have been able to rear up on their hind legs for short periods of time to graze plants that were otherwise out of reach when food on the ground was scarce.
They lived in Subtropical forests in the USA, though there have been closely related dinosaurs living in other parts of the world including Africa, China, Mongolia, England and Europe.
The most completeSt egosaurus fossil ever found was nicknamed "Spike". It was discovered in Colorado, USA by Bryan Small, Tim Seeber, and Kenneth Carpenter in 1992.
We would like to know whySt egosaurus had the big bony plates on its back. Did they coolSt egosau ru s? Did it use them to show off? Or protect itself? We don't know.
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