The scientists found parts of its skull, lower jaw, neck and back vertebrae, ribs, shoulder and forelimb, back foot and osteoderms
, which were enough to help us draw the imaginative image of the dinosaur and help us to know its genus.
Like many titanosaurs, Mansourasaurus boasted bony plates called osteoderms
embedded in its skin.
It had large nostrils and elaborate ornamentation across the snout," which helped identify the species as different from previously known members of the group, all of which had bony spikes, called osteoderms
However, none of these studies mentioned what type of bone remains allowed the identification of the species listed above, except Quintela and Gatti (2009) that reported the presence of osteoderms
of armadillos in the feces analyzed.
2013) and teeth and osteoderms
are dominant remains in fossil assemblages (Schwarz, 2002; Salisbury and Naish, 2011).
Unlike Scoloparia, Sclerosaurus has two or three rows of sculptured osteoderms
on either side of the midline of the body and lacks a 'nuchal shield' (Sues and Reisz 2008).
Very few complete carapaces or cranial and postcranial elements are recovered, and osteoderms
are usually found isolated.
are still found on modern Gila monsters.
37KaBP by accelerator mass spectrometry, using collagen extracted from Xenarthra osteoderms
(Jull et al.
According to a team of researchers from the University of Guelph, the study of two sauropod dinosaurs, an adult and a juvenile, from Madagascar, suggested that these long-necked plant-eaters used hollow "skin bones" called osteoderms
to store minerals needed to maintain their huge skeletons and to lay large egg clutches.
also represented by bones, teeth, and osteoderms
in the fossil assemblage.
Hence, isolated osteoderms
are the most commonly collected remains of fossil armadillos, regardless of context (e.