Stegouros fossils found in Chile show the dinosaur species had a unique slashing tail weapon. Illustration: Luis Perez Lopez via AP
Stegouros fossils found in Chile show the dinosaur species had a unique slashing tail weapon. Illustration: Luis Perez Lopez via AP

Newly identified dinosaur wielded bladed tail resembling Aztec war club

  • The unique trait helped the four-legged plant-eating Stegouros elengassen ward off predators about 74 million years ago
  • While it is related to the Ankylosaurus and an earlier group of dinosaurs called stegosaurs, the creature does not have the same club or spike tail weapon

Topic |   Archaeology and palaeontology
Stegouros fossils found in Chile show the dinosaur species had a unique slashing tail weapon. Illustration: Luis Perez Lopez via AP
Stegouros fossils found in Chile show the dinosaur species had a unique slashing tail weapon. Illustration: Luis Perez Lopez via AP
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