Royal BC Museum researcher has new theory of ankylosaur tail use

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Armoured dinosaurs may have used their dangerous tail clubs to hit each other, not other dinosaurs, according to a Royal BC Museum researcher.

A researcher at the Royal BC Museum thinks Ankylosaurs, an armoured dinosaur with a tough tail, may have acted differently than previously thought.

Curator of palaeontology with the museum, Victoria Arbour helped name the stout dinosaur, calling it a ‘destroyer of shins’.  After recent studies of its well-preserved fossil, she thinks it may not have hit shins, but used its mighty tail to hit other Ankylosaurs.

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