Scutellosaurus (meaning "little-shielded lizard") is a genus of herbivorous dinosaur that lived in North America around 200 to 196 million years ago, in the Early Jurassic times.
It is classified in Thyreophora, the armoured dinosaurs; its closest relatives may have been Emausaurus and Scelidosaurus, another armored dinosaur which was mainly a quadrupedal dinosaur, unlike bipedal Scutellosaurus. It is one of the earliest representatives of the armored dinosaurs and the basalmost form to date. Scutellosaurus was around 1.2 metres (3.9 ft) long, 50 centimetres (20 in) tall at the hips, and weighed 10 kilograms (22 lb). The fossil evidence includes two partial skeletons recovered from Arizona, although of the skull only the lower jaw has been recovered. There were also several hundred scutes running along its neck to its back and as far down as its tail. Some of these shields were flat, while others were pitted. It had an unusually long tail, possibly to provide a counterbalance against the weight of the armored body, and long arms that suggest it may have browsed on all fours. There enemies were Dilophosaurus.
Scutellosaurus in The Land Before TimeEdit
A Scutellosaurus was only seen in the first movie, eating the berry the flyer hatchlings were fighting for. However, it runs away startled when the mother pops up. It barely resembled the real animal, being depicted with a quadrupedal lizardlike gait.It was also portrayed to have a chameleon-like long perhensile tongue, which is entirely speculative.